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.

Wine & Beer Samples 06-09-2017

Bell’s Oberon American Wheat Ale (MI)

Made with Bell’s own house yeast, this brew has a spicy hop and mild fruit characteristics, with a smooth mouthfeel thanks to the addition of wheat yeast. Simplicity is key for this classic summer beer; it’s made with only four ingredients! Notes of coriander, hops, orange peel and a bit of spice are evident, with a refreshing finish and great carbonation.

Paul Direder Grüner Veltliner 2016 (Austria)

Bright yellow with just a hint of green, this classic Austrian wine is a great summer evening thirst quencher. A nose of citrus and green apple fruits with just a hint of spice leads to a similar palate with crisp acidity and low residual sugar, resulting in a dry, refreshing finish. A great wine to pair with spicy Asian cuisine or fresh, soft cheeses.

Muga Rioja Rosé 2015 (Spain)

A fresh, tart nose of citrus, green apple, red berry, and rose oil aromas. These notes travel through the palate upon first taste, and lead to notes of finer, more complex flavors with hints of apricot and a sweet pastry yeast. A fine balance of sweetness and acidity with a long finish reminiscent of candied flowers.

Alaia Marisa 2013 (Spain)

A light, red blend composed of Prieto Picudo, Tempranillo, and Merlot grapes. Aromas of black fruits and cocoa butter are present, and expand in the palate to create notes of ripe and juicy black cherry, cassis, and a hint of spice. The finish is long and smooth, leaving you wanting more. Pair this with you grilled steaks or lamb chops and fresh, summer vegetables.

Voület Casorzo 2016 (Italy)

A refreshingly sweet and effervescent wine; perfect for hot summer evenings. Made of 100% Malvasia grapes with an enticing aroma that includes notes of rose petal, juicy red grape, and crushed raspberry. Expect these notes on the palate combined with a delicate mouthfeel and bright acidity. The prefect wine to pair with fine chocolates, fresh fruit desserts, or an after dinner cheese plate of sharp, smelly                                               cheeses.

Wine & Beer Samples 6-2-2017

Paulaner Salvator (Germany)

A full bodied double bock beer with a rich, warm chestnut brown color; An unmistakeable chocolate flavor, robust dark caramel maltiness and a light note of hops in the background; Perfect intensity on the palate.

 

 

Pietra Santa Chardonnay 2014 (CA)

Soft scents of apple blossom, acacia flower, and lemon zest not only fill the nose, but also carry through to the palate.  There is nothing wimpy about this un-oaked Chardonnay.  The citrus and floral tones  in the bouquet melt into the wine’s pure fruit flavors and minerality to offer a racy, fulfilling mouthful of wine.  Sip all day without an accompaniment, but add fresh Dungeness crab, prawns or other shellfish for double the pleasure.

Lorenza Rose 2016 (CA)

Blend of 36% Grenache, 28% Carignan, 28% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault; Aromas of delicate fruits and flowers, tangerine blossom and rose petal; Flavors hint at golden raspberry, ripe peach and finger lime. Zingy acidity, a touch of creaminess and weight on the palate, with distinctive minerality and a mouth wateringly crisp finish.

 

Scout’s Honor 2015 (CA )

Blend of 70% Zinfandel 14% Charbono 9% Petite Sirah 7% Syrah; Concentrated  aromas of stone fruits, crushed blue herbs, violets, cherry, anise, and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate is pure richness from the old-vine Zinfandel with loads of super-ripe blackberry, pepper spice; Char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah; Balance and mouth coating deliciousness throughout the palate, with an extra long finish with a touch of barrel tannin at the end.

Villa Jolanda Rose Moscato (Italy)

Intense and delicate; This sparkling wine is sweet, velvety, and intense on the palate; Boasts a rare bouquet of berries, rose petals, with a touch of vanilla and a unique effervescence. Pairs well with fruits and desserts.

Wine & Beer Samples 5-26-2017

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (NY)

Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate fill this stout through the blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years.  Enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, and fine cheeses.

 

The Curator 2015 (South Africa)

Blend of  60% Chenin Blanc, 31% Chardonnay, and 9% Viognier;  The Chenin Blanc grape is the backbone and structure of this wine; The Chardonnay was naturally fermented and took very long to complete the fermentation – resulting in great texture and wacky aromas of dried peaches and apricots and ripe citrus; The Viognier completes the canvas with some spice and palate length.

Conte di Campiano 2009 (Italy)

Blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes; Only 4,000 bottles of this medium-bodied red were produced; Aged in steel tanks,this wine possesses an intense and complex bouquet of ripe fruits and spices; The palate is balanced and dry with good structure and tannins that leave a slightly bitter finish; Perfect with spicy pasta, red meats, and aged cheeses.

Portas da Herdade Reserva 2012 (Portugal)

Full-bodied red blend of 40% Aragones, 30% Syrah, and 30% Alicante Bouschet; Complex nose with hints of violet and cocoa; The palate has an ample mouth with freshness and depth; Lengthy finish; Serve with grilled meat or stuffed poultry.

 

Ruby Red Grapefruit Rose (France)

This Ruby Red Rose is being served ALL over France.  A delicious blend of 80% Cotes du Provence Rose and ruby red grapefruit juice. Very refreshing and dangerously delicious; Beautiful grapefruit bouquet jumps from the glass instantly, followed by thirst quenching juicy fruit flavors that are dry yet very refreshing. Definite backyard summer rose!

Wine & Beer Samples 05-19-2017

Left Hand St Vrain Tripel Ale (CO)

Light in color and lightly hopped using Celeia hops, a touch of malt sweetness contrasts the warm spiciness hidden within

 

 

Vino Pinot Grigio 2014 (WA)

Mineral driven; Terroir runs through the entire wine; Aromas of fresh cut hay, tangerine, orange blossom, and honeysuckle; Long-satisfying finish.

 

Tati Rose 2016 (Italy)

Fresh with aromas of strawberries, cherries, and rose petals. This is ideal with shellfish, salads, chicken, and with appetizers.

 

 

Prodigo Nero D’Avola 2015 (Italy)

Rich and full-bodied wine; Produced using an “appassite” method of naturally drying the grapes prior to harvest  The bouquet is slightly spicy and has notes of dried figs and ripe fruits of blackberry and boysenberry. The finish is round, velvety with notes of vanilla. Enjoy with a wide array of food such as roasted game or grilled, smoked meats. Excellent with hard cheeses.

 

PAN Montepulciano D’Abruzzo/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Italy)

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%; Dark ruby in color with a nose of sour cherries, leather, wood and cedar; Tannic, leathery, earthy notes on the palate with a touch of herbs; Long, earthy and herbaceous finish; Pair with hearty dishes.

 

Fragolino Toso (Italy)

A delicious and captivating sparkling wine with good acidity and refreshing character; Fine and fruity flavors; Excellent as an aperitif, with desserts, or simply on its own.

Wine & Beer Samples 5-12-2017

Perennial Artisan Ales “Hopfentea” Wheat Ale (MO)

A German Berliner Weisse style beer, steeped on a tropical tea blend. A fruit filled wave of aromas including papaya, melon, guava, and passion fruit, is balanced by notes of yeast and well rounded lactic acid. Flavors are bright and crisp (it’s definitely a sour!) with notes of zesty citrus with a biscuit-like, wheat background. A great beer for those high humidity days that are sure to come!

Acha Blanca 2015 (CA)

A blend of Albarino and Verdejo by Mark Herold Wines out of Napa, California. A luscious nose of pineapple, lemon curd, waxed Fuji apple, kiwi, and fresh wild flowers. The palate is just as enticing with fresh fruit notes balanced by floral notes and crisp acidity.

 

Chateau Pigoudet Première Rosé 2015 (France)

A refreshing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah with elegant, floral aromas. The mouthfeel is delicate, but the palate packs plenty of fruit flavors with an aromatic finish. This wine pairs well with almost all Mediterranean dishes.

 

Pomar Junction Vineyard’s Brooster “Fighting Red” 2013 (CA)

An approachable blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, and Grenache. Red berry characteristics throughout the nose and the palate. Bold and juicy, with just a hint of oak. A great, easy drinking, summertime red.

Irreverence Barrel Select Merlot 2012 (CA)

A fine specimen of the Napa Valley Merlot grape, that will restore your faith in California Merlots. A ripe, round palate with notes of black plum, raspberry, and black cherry fruits, coupled with hints of fern leaf tobacco. Fresh acidity keeps it from becoming too overbearing. This classically styled Merlot would be a fine match for beef tenderloin or wood-fired pizza.

Luccio Moscato d’Asti 2013 (Italy)

Fragrant and fresh with light firzzante bubbles. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, tangerines, and honey mingle with bright floral notes. Concentrated and flavorful, light and crisp, sweet and well balanced.

Wine & Beer Samples 04-28-2017

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout (CO)

Dark and delicious; The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee.  Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop and roast bitterness in the finish; Milk chocolate fullness completes the experience.

 

 

Lobetia Viognier 2015 (Spain)

At sight, this wine shows a bright golden color with lime reflections. Fruity citric aromas and magnolia or Tahiti flowers-like scent. Well balanced and good acidity, in the mouth it recalls the flowers perceived on the nose.

 

 

Bricco dei Tati Rose 2015 (Italy)

Fresh with aromas of strawberries, cherries and rose petals. This rose is ideal with shellfish, salads, chicken, and with appetizers.

 

 

Ravage Red Blend 2015  (CA)

Blend of  44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Sirah, 16% Syrah, 11% Merlot, 3% Zinfandel, and 2% other reds; This fruit forward, deep red blend, is well balanced with layers of dark cocoa, rich mocha, and vanilla bean notes.

 

 

Mouton Noir Horseshoes and Handgrenades  (OR)

Full-bodied, fruit-driven red blend; The rich, voluptuous fruit comes from Oregon Syrah with just enough Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give it complexity and structure; “Think cherry pits and leather whips!”

 

Ferraris Malvasia Di Casorzo (Italy)

Malvasia is a pleasant, sweet wine, low in alcohol content, that can be enjoyed at any time of day;  A comfort wine for all seasons and reasons, it has an aroma evocative of roses. The rich, aromatic wine is ruby-red, vibrant and slightly frothy. lt can be paired with desserts, fruit salads and sweets, but it can also be enjoyed as an aperitif or as a drink for any party occasion.

Wine & Beer Samples 4-21-2017

Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto Triple Chocolate Milk Stout (Canada)

“…A luscious treat for beer geeks ready for a euphoric detour from the mundane.” Raw cacao nibs, cacao powder, and a chocolate malt layer blend to create this unique milk stout. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and tobacco. Unbelievably smooth on the palate with notes of chocolate and café au lait.

A. A. Badenhorst’s “The Curator” White Blend 2015 (South Africa)

A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier that work together to create a wine of great drinkability. The Chenin Blanc provides backbone and structure, while the Chardonnay adds texture along with notes of dried peaches and apricots, and ripe citrus. Lastly, the Viognier brings a touch of spice and a presence to the finish.

Fontaniels Cinsault Rosé 2015 (France)

An elegant, light salmon color with a nose of red currant and floral notes. The palate is wonderfully complex with notes of ripe strawberry, red currant, and white flowers. A robust mouthfeel with a pleasant finish, and a great match for summer salads or light fish dishes.

 

Prodigo Nero D’Avola 2015 (Italy)

A rich, full bodied wine with a nose of freshly churned earth and spice. The palate is gripping with earthy notes enhanced by notes of spice, with a touch of mint. A great companion to roasted game, smoked meats, or Italian cheeses.

 

Portas Da Herdade Reserva Tinto 2012 (Portugal)

A blend of Aragonez, Syrah, and Alicante Bouschet, this wine was awarded 90 Points and Editor’s Choice by “Wine Enthusiast.” Aromas of blackberry and chocolate; a full body, but soft and refreshing on the palate. Notes of strong vanilla and cocoa on the finish. A wine meant for pairing with good food!

 

Lolea No. 1 Red Sangria Frizzante (Spain)

Fresh, fruity, and bubbling with personality, you’ll definitely want Lolea at your next gathering. Notes of mixed berries, citrus fruits, and spices with a touch of frizzante bubbles. Serve chilled with a slice of lime.

Wine & Beer Samples 4-14-2017

Green Flash Le Freak Belgian-Style Imperial IPA (CA)

A melding of a Belgian-style Trippel and American IPA. Notes of fruity Belgian yeast mix with zesty hops to create an enticing nose. A sweet-tart start to the flavor that develops into a fruity yeast note as it lingers, with a dry, bitter finish.

 

Ruby Red First Press Sparkling Rose (France)

A brilliant, bubbly blend of 80% Cotes du Provence Rose wine and ruby red grapefruit juice. Delicious and refreshing with definite grapefruit flavor, this wine is a perfectly pink starter for your Easter brunch or Apple Blossom party!

 

North By Northwest Chardonnay 2014 (OR)

Fragrant notes of light citrus and honeydew melon lead to buttery, smooth flavors of lemon and tropical fruits. Medium bodied, with a balanced finish, this is a great match for summer salads or fish courses.

 

 

Tormentoso Bush Vine Pinotage 2014 (South Africa)

A lush Pinotage with a noticeable wood fragrance up front, surrounded by notes of berry preserves and cherry compote. The palate is smooth with balanced acidity and tannins, with notes of spice, rich chocolate, and jammy fruit notes. Drink this wine while it’s young.

Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2015 (CA)

A bold, rich blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel, Pt. Sirah, and Pt. Verdot. A fine bouquet of plum, blackberry, and mocha leads to complex, fruit-forward flavors of dark berries, red currant, and cherry cordial with underlying notes of spice. Well balanced with a lingering finish.

Chocolate Shop: The Chocolate Lover’s Wine (ID)

A proprietary red blend infused with natural dark chocolate that has inviting aromas of dark chocolate covered cherries. The palate is full of dark, red fruit notes surrounded by rich cocoa powder. A smooth, lingering finish with notes of red wine and residual sugar.