Wine & Beer Samples 02-24-2017

Saranac S’more Porter (NY)

Combining the flavors of a porter and campfire s’more, this beer is brewed with a blend of caramel, biscuit, brown, and roasted malts; It is then aged with chocolate and vanilla.  The result is a rich and decadent beer with the flavor of milk-chocolate, marshmallow, and toasty graham cracker.  Pair with roasted or smoked meats, chocolate, and of course….S’mores!!

 

Little Sheep Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (New Zealand)

Lively and fresh aromas of citrus and cut grass jump from the glass tantalizing your taste buds. The palate is clean and crisp with high toned acidity that is balanced by citrus fruit and cantaloupe melon.

 

Duxinaro Pinot Noir 2014 (CA)

This release shows the ripe cherry and plum flavors and aromas associated with Pinot Noir; Modest oak to enhance flavors.

 

 

Tierra de Piedra Gran Seleccion Red Blend 2014 (Argentina)

A delicious blend of 40% Malbec, 40% Syrah, and 20% Bonardo; Fruit forward flavors of cherry, damson, and hints of loganberry and blackberry layered with cocoa; Dense and well balanced with a long, supple fruit-filled finish;  Ideal for all grilled meats, hearty pasta, rich cheese, or on its own.

 

Luccio Moscato (Italy)

Fresh, fragrant, and frizzante with bright, floral aromas that give way to flavors of ripe stone fruit, tangerines, and honey; This wine is concentrated and flavorful, but not overly rich or heavy-sweet, yet balanced; Lucious aperitif or dessert match.

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Wine & Beer Samples 02-17-2017

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (MI)

Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest; This IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter; Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.

 

Barao de Figueira White 2014 (Portugal)

Fragrant, fresh wine made of 100% Siria; Soft and rounded; Lemon and light spiciness with cool acidity; This is an easy wine that is ripe with apple and fresh lemon juice and ready to drink.

 

Barao de Figueira Red 2013 (Portugal)

Blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Tinta Roriz, and 20% Touriga Franca; Elegant, Fragrant, and Fresh wine; This is a rich and spicy wine that has a pure streak of fruit freshness and a firmly tannic core; Red berry and black plum flavors come through strongly along with a balanced acidity.

 

Jax Y3 Taureau Red Blend 2014 (CA)

Blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel; This unique blend pushes through to the senses aromas of blackberry and violets. A beautifully sexy wine, with a dense purple color; Big kiss of blackberry and cassis liqueur, licorice and spice followed by lush, heady, full-bodied flavors that caress the palate. Balanced and delicious, this wine drinks well upon release and will cellar till 2020 and beyond.

 

Prime’s Tawny Port (Portugal)

Blondish red appearance; Red fruit jam aroma; Sweet taste with fine wood and vanilla hints; Prime’s Tawny Port is drawn from wines selected for their smoothness and mellow character.

Wine & Beer Samples 2-10-2017

Blackbird Premium Draft Semi-Sweet Hard Cider (NY)

A semi-sweet, lightly carbonated session draft cider with a sweet apple bouquet and honey notes; Pairs well with pub fare including chicken and p0rk sandwiches.

 

 

Green Flash Le Freak (CA)

First-ever hybrid ale of its kind: convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. Zesty Amarillo dry-hopped marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange, passion fruit, and sweet bready malts; Flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith.

Way Kuhl Riesling 2013 (Germany)

Scents of flowers and citrus on the nose are followed by crisp flavors of lime, honey and slate; All balanced out by a bright acidity and lingering finish full of fruit and stone;  The perfect sipping wine alone or with a variety of dishes.

 

 

Le Grand Noir GSM 2015 (France)        

Blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre; The blend gives spicy blackberryish flavors, dark plum, black cherry dark fruit and a hint of pepper; Distinctive mineral, perfumed note from the Mourvedre; Perfect with full-flavored meat dishes as well as dishes whose flavors include a note of spice.

Tormentoso Syrah-Mourvedre 2013 (South Africa)

Intensely aromatic, with notes of orange peel, leather, cigar tobacco, black licorice and dark-plummy fruit; Medium to full bodied with layers of black fruit and leather notes;  Finishes with typical black wine-gum flavors, rounded out by soft, juicy tannins. Wonderfully spicy wine.

 

Rinaldi Pink Bug Juice (Italy)

90% Moscato d’Asti, 10% Brachetto d’ Acqui; An addictive, light pink-colored, frothy rose; Low in alcohol; Delicious sweet strawberry and cherry notes are intermixed with hints of peach and apricot; Perfect “brunch” wine.

Wine & Beer Samples 02-03-2017

Champion Hog Waller Scramble (VA)

Complex breakfast stout brewed with coffee and chocolate from Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates; It’s a big, chewy, oatmeal stout with soft coffee flavors and tons of chocolate; 45 IBU, 8% ABV.

 

 

 

Siema Bianco (Italy)

An aromatic white wine from the northern most area of Italy; Enjoy this wine alone or with appetizers, chicken and fish dishes.

 

 

 

 

Black’s Station Chardonnay 2015 (CA)

Bright golden yellow color; Aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples and vanilla yogurt nuts; Satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body; Effortless, breezy honeyed pear finish with light oak;  Simple, but very smooth and tasty . Enjoy on its own or with a chicken philly sandwich or a salmon burger.

 

 

 

Tres Ojos Garnacha 2012 (Spain)

This wine has a brick red color with a bouquet of red raspberries, spice and white pepper. The palate is incredibly concentrated and rich. This wine is fruity, juicy and shows a great depth, ripe tannins, length but yet with a wonderful elegance and lightness; Excellent companion to a wide range of dishes from pasta, burgers and pizza, and hearty cheeses.

 

 

Corralitos Syrah 2012 (CA)

Dark red wine with moderate intensity and medium viscosity; On the nose, it has a moderate intense aroma of blackberries, blueberries, dried herbs, and black pepper; On the palate it is dry with medium to medium plus tannin; Moderately complex with a medium length peppery finish.

 

 

Robertson Sweet Rose (South Africa)

Deep coral pink color, packed with delicious sweet berry flavors; Made in its very own unique way by blending varietals to showcase fruity and fresh, floral flavors; This process leads to wines packed with natural sweet flavors that are low in alcohol and very quaffable. Serve well chilled.

 

Wine & Beer Samples 1-27-2017

Lucifer Black Belgian Ale (Belgium)

Lucifer Black is a smooth Belgian Strong Dark ale with notes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. The sweet aftertaste rounds into a long, warming finish that will surely seduce you. 8% ABV · 16 IBUs

 

Deep Sea Chardonnay 2013 (CA)

Elegant and fresh, with notes of white peach, lemon, and green apple. Bright acidity and a hint of vanilla complement the ripe fruit flavors in this crisp, modern style of Chardonnay.

 

Deep Sea Pinot Noir 2012 (CA)

An elegant and vibrant wine from the exceptional 2012 vintage, this Pinot Noir is ruby red in color, and shows classic flavors of ripe cherry, rose petal, and earthy spice. French oak barrels add tannins and texture while toasted vanilla aromatics complement the rich fruit flavors.

 


Sisters Forever Zinfandel 2014 (CA)     

100% Zinfandel; 100% Stainless Steel fermented; Aromas of ripe red fruits, raspberry, and strawberry; Palate consists of soft tannins and acids with hints of cocoa and vanilla.

 

Toso Fragolino (Italy)

Frizzante style beverage made of wine and strawberry flavors; Has a fine and fruity taste. Excellent as an aperitif, with desserts, as well as for cocktails or simply on its own.

Wine & Beer Samples 1-20-2017

Clown Shoes Party Crasher Imperial Stout (MA)

11% ABV; Big aromas of bitter chocolate and coffee surrounded by intense smoke character; Layers of deep, roasted malts coat the palate along with molasses, figs & cacao; Features malt locally smoked with hickory and ash.

 

 

Willm Pinot Blanc 2015 (France)

Fresh, clean, lemony; Opens quickly with subtle fruitiness; Tender, delicate, well-rounded and smooth with medium acidity; Very approachable; Perfect for pairing with seafood platters, sushi, and mixed salads.

 

 

Colin Barollet Pinot Noir 2013 (France)

Bright cherry notes with an earthy undertone, this medium-bodied pinot noir is full of character; Juicy and well-rounded with herb highlights; Ready for most any meal.

 

Chateau De Gaudou Cahors 2015 (France)   

Blend of 80% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 5% Tannat; Dark with mellow tannins and generous blackberry, blackcurrant, strawberry and raspberry aromas; Enjoy with grilled meat, pasta, pizza and cheese.

 


Trump Cru (VA)

Fortified with brandy, this sweet white port-style Wine is made from blending Chardonnay juices and brandy. Aged in American bourbon barrels, this wine is complex with hints of smoke, pineapple, and citrus. Pair with desserts or serve this aperitif neat or as a cocktail.

 

 

Wine & Beer Samples 1-13-2017

Uinta Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (UT)

Barrel blended American Stout brewed with a copious amount of chocolate malt, roasted barley, and rolled oats before resting in barrels for 1 year.  This beer fuses notes of roasted coffee and cacao nibs with an earthy bitterness from hops to balance the finish.

 

Annabella Chardonnay 2014 (CA)

Youthful but sophisticated, the wine entices with aromas of honeydew melon, juicy tangerine, and a slight hint of butterscotch.  Silky, weighty mouth feel with fine-spun flavors of citrus blossom and a hint of cinnamon;  Enjoy with butter sautéed sea scallops.

 

Vigilance Cimarron 2013 (CA)

Blend of 38% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 20% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; Multi-layered wine with good balance and a long, lush finish; Aged on French and American oak for 13 months; Aromas of blackberry, tart cherry and a bouquet of spices lead to flavors of fresh blackberries, bright cherry, bay leaf and black pepper with soft oak tannins on the finish.

 

The Arsonist Red Blend 2013 (CA)

Blend of 52% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 24% Merlot; Dense, dark and ripe; Aromas of mocha, blueberry and cardamom intermingle with cigar box and hints of black pepper; A sweet oak character on the entry brings blackberry and cherry on the mid-palate, finishing with a pleasing peppery nip; Mouth-filling structure; Pair with a big, rich meal.

 

Prime’s Tawny Port (Portugal)

Blondish red appearance; red fruit jam aroma; sweet taste with fine wood and vanilla hints; Pairs well with apple or almond pie, dried fruits with nuts and cheeses; Great as an aperitif when served slightly chilled.

 

Wine & Beer Samples 01-06-2017

 

Perennial Artisan Ales Hopfentea Wheat Ale (MO)

A nose of papaya, tart melon, sour candy, guava, and a hibiscus-like floral note. The palate is a nice balance of wheat and tart fruit flavors of zesty citrus and guava. The finish is dry with a note of black tea leaves.  A medium-light bodied beer with persistent carbonation and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

 

Vinos Con Corazon Lagar da Xestosa Godello 2015 (Spain)

The perfect blend of traditional methods and modern production leads to a wine with a fresh, unique character. Notes of ripe, sweet and sour fruits blend with white flowers and pronounced lemongrass flavors. No oak aging allows for a citric and slightly spicy finish.

 

Alexana Terroir Series Pinot Noir 2014 (OR)

100% Pinot Noir from Oregon, with 10 months of barrel oak aging. The nose is bursting with strawberry fruit notes mingled with hints of caramel, mocha, and nutmeg. The palate is rich and ripe with plenty of fruit notes balanced by earthy, rounded tannins. The finish is smooth and lingering.

 

Corazon del Sol Malbec 2013 (Argentina)

Notes of fresh plum juice, ripe blackberries, spring violets and fennel fronds fill the nose once poured. The palate is rich and earth driven with notes of dark cherry cola, black fruit compote, and vanilla anise. The finish is dry with dusty tannins.

 

Villa Jolanda Moscato & Passion Fruit (Italy)

Bright and refreshing with a nose of passion fruit and subtle flora notes (maybe even a bit of an island breeze?). Fine bubbles add to the fun of this pour, with a light mouthfeel and notes of ripe, refreshing passion fruit and a bit of honeydew sweetness.

Wine & Beer Samples 12-30-2016

Ommegang – Game of Thrones “Valor Dohaeris” (NY)

Aromas of sweet grain and honey are prevalent once poured. The flavor opens with a note of sweetness due to use of Belgian candi sugar used in the brewing process. The finish is dry and effervescent with a note of Belgian yeast.

 

 

Anna Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Cava

A blend of Chardonnay, Parellada, and Xarel-lo, Macabeu. Made in the traditional method and bursting with crisp, fruity flavors that are further enhanced by a minimum of 15 months of oak aging. The mouthfeel is creamy and bold with persistent carbonation.

Pomar Junction Brooster “Fighting Red” 2013 (CA)

A Zinfandel blend with a medium body and spicy accents. Notes of plum and berry are supported by a hint of oak aging, leading to notes of caramel, black pepper, and just a touch of minerality. A perfect red wine for lighter dishes that may be overwhelmed by other Zinfandel based red blends.

 

Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (CA)

A rich and ripe Napa Valley Cabernet, with notes of blackberries and cherries accompanied by cocoa and a hint of mint. The oak aging brings notes of creamy vanilla. A lush body with a lingering finish. Perfect for heavier meals.

 

Lolea No. 1 Sparkling Red Sangria

A traditional Spanish sangria: cherry red in color with fine carbonation bubbles. Notes of cherry, orange peel, lemon drop, cinnamon, and sour strawberry are abundant once poured. The palate is full with notes of ripe red berries and blue flowers. A young, sweet wine with a slightly bitter finish to leave you wanting more. Also available in 8 oz. bottles for $5.00 each.

Wine & Beer Samples 12-23-2016

The Bruery Poterie Anniversary Ale (CA)

English-style old ale, fermented with a house Belgian yeast.  A portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character.  Robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak.  Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

Alexana Charadonnay 2013 (OR)

Vibrant bouquet of green apple, lemon zest and vanilla on the nose; On the palate, bright & crisp notes of apple blossom, white plum & great minerality with a long finish.

Barville Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014 (France)

Blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre; Typical of its terroir with a nose of spices, black pepper, lavender, black cherries and blackberries. Elegant and powerful, with a distinctive velvety palate showing red fruits; Enjoy with powerful dishes such as BBQ steak with béarnaise sauce, black truffle and foie gras parcels or melting chocolate puddings.

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Begali Amarone 2011 (Italy)

From 2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, and aged half in barrel, half in large vats for over three years.  Open scent of cooked raspberries.  Very pure mélange of berries and spiced plum, not too raisiny, but with plenty of tannin and acid to make this perfectly suitable to drink with red meats.

Petit Guiraud Sauternes 2013(France)

Perfect balance between freshness and minerality; Light notes of honey; Fine and supple with good structure; Extremely refined sweetness.