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.

Wine & Beer Samples 4-7-2017

Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA (DE)

A deep, reddish orange IPA with 45 IBUs. Aromas of tropical fruits, blood orange, and lemon lead to flavors of slightly tart lemon and juicy blood orange. A medium-bodied brew with balanced bitterness, this is the perfect beer to take on river floats or to have at your summer barbecues.

 

Blue Toad Black Cherry Hard Cider (VA)

Created with locally sourced apples and black cherries (when available), this cider is a perfect balance of tart and dry. Crisp and fruity with notes of fresh apples couple with the sweet tartness of black cherries. A refreshing treat for the spring season and a great way to get a jump on your Apple Blossom celebration.

 

Stella Pinot Grigio 2015 (Italy)

100% Pinot Grigio from the temperate climate of Sicily, fermented in stainless steel tanks. A nose of pears and white peach are balanced by a citrus-y acidity. The palate is light, vibrant, and fresh with notes of fresh pears and puckering citrus. An easy going summer wine.

 

Lost Angel Mischief Red Wine 2013 (CA)

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pt. Sirah, this blend is bold, edgy, and exciting. Fruit forward notes of candied cherries, dried plums, and sultanas are combined with hints of cocoa powder and rum raisin.  Medium bodied with mild tannins; a great match for a juicy burger and fries.

 

Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (CA)

With scores in the high 80s from Wine Enthusiast, this Cabernet is a bargain for the price. Aged in French Oak for 15 months with notes of black cherry, ripe currant, spice and dark chocolate. Easy-drinking and attractively fruity with medium tannins and a soft texture make this wine easily appealing to all kinds of wine drinkers.

 

Villa Jolanda Moscato & Passion Fruit (Italy)

A light, sparking, dessert wine with a delicate structure but intense flavors of passion fruit, honeydew, and light citrus notes. A getaway in a glass, this wine pairs well with light desserts such as cream puffs or fruit tarts.

Wine & Beer Samples 3-31-2017

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale (DE)

A slightly tart and refreshing mash-up of Kolsch, Gose, and Berlinerweiss style beers. Brewed with lime juice, Chesapeake sea salt, black limes, and coriander, this beer is extremely aromatic with notes of spiced citrus-y lime. The flavor profile is reminiscent of a Gose with the fresh tartness of the lime notes upon the first sip, followed by a malty sweetness to finish and add balance. Great for raw oysters and afternoons outside.

Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio 2015 (CA)

A delicate nose of floral notes (lemon blossoms, jasmine flowers, and honeysuckle) mingled with tropical and stone fruits. The flavor profile is best described as savory and refreshing with notes of white nectarines, honeydew, and tart lemon. A fine addition to a cheese plate or grilled shrimp.

 

Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir 2014 (CA)

Aromas of cherries, plums, and cocoa are easily notable upon the first pour. Flavors of ripe fruits and toasty oak are balanced by soft tannins and soft acidity to create a clean, fruit-filled palate with a refreshing finish. Pair with anything from vegetarian pizza to dark chocolate dipped cherries.

 

Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno 2015 (CA)

A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petit Sirah, Mourvedre, and Tannat create the “wine of the party.” Enticing aromas of leather, red currant, and black tar lead to a surprisingly bright and full palate of red and black fruits (blackberries, cherries, and strawberries) coupled with hints of milk chocolate and caramel.

 

Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling Wine (France)

Made in the Methode Ancestrale style, this sweet sparkling differs from most sparkling wines since there is no second fermentation. The first fermentation is completed in the bottle, allowing the carbon dioxide to be released by the sugar turning into alcohol, resulting in a bubbly, sweet, low alcohol sparking. Lemon and lime notes fragrances lead to a palate of apricots and pears with a light, softly carbonated mouthfeel. The perfect drink for before dinner or after something special.

Wine & Beer Samples 3-24-17

Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (KY)

This unique sipping beer is aged for six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Subtle, familiar flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee are most noted from the bourbon barrel aging. A velvety smooth mouthfeel and substantial body make this beer a great match for barbecued beef. Try it as a float with a scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream.

Stella Pinot Grigio 2015 (Italy)

A wine composed of 100% Pinot Grigio grapes grown in Sicily and aged in stainless steel; pale yellow in color with greenish reflections. Aromas of pears, white peach, and citrus lead to a fresh and vibrant, balanced palate with a zesty acidity. The perfect wine for an evening spent outside in the warming springtime weather; pair with light hors d’oeuvers, salads or simple pastas.

V.NO Malbec Mendoza Reserve 2014 (Argentina)

This rich and full-bodied Malbec with smooth notes of dark cherry, chocolate, and pepper spice is practically the perfect example of a Mendoza Malbec. Expect excellent color and concentration of the dark fruit notes coupled with the peppery spice notes smoothed by rich tannins. A great wine for everyday drinking.

Caligiore Staccato Mendoza Red Wine 2012 (Argentina)

An organic composition of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon crate a concentrated, silky and delicious red wine that will make you want to sing. This wine is punctuated with notes of dark cherries and blackberries and neighboring tones of spice accompanied by smooth tannins. The perfect duet partner for grilled meats and hearty sauces.

Rinaldi Pink! Filtrato Dolce Sweet Pink Wine (Italy)

The pink “Bug Juice” is here for spring! 90% Moscato d’Asti and 10% Brachetto d’Acqui, this light-pink, effervescent wine is deliciously sweet with core notes of strawberry and cherry, enhanced by subtle hints of peach and apricot. Perfect for warm, spring afternoons or as the featured wine at your Apple Blossom parade party!

Wine & Beer Samples 3-17-2017

Blue Toad “Paddy Green” Granny Smith Hard Cider (VA)

Made from 100% local Granny Smith apples and naturally gluten free. A clean, refreshing mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation. A bright apple flavors and a finish tart enough to make “your tongue do the Irish Jig!”

 

Terramea Vermentino di Sardegna 2015 (Italy)

Bright yellow in color with lively, yet delicate, notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Vibrant, fresh, and crisp on the palate with a focused finish. Pair it with fish soups, goat cheese, or pasta with truffle.

 

Conte di Campiano Salice Salentino Riserva 2009 (Italy)

Composed of Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes, only 4,00 bottles of this medium bodied red were made. Ruby red in color with orange hues and aged in steel tanks, this wine possesses and 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 for spicy pasta, red meats, and aged cheeses.

Rosso Puglia IGP “Avelium” 2013 (Italy)

A blend of Nero di Troia and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with an intense ruby red color and a nose of elegant, red fruit aromas. Velvety smooth on the palate with good balance between fruit notes and tannins with a persistent finish, this wine pairs well with roasted meats and mature cheeses.

 

Cavalier Bartolomeo Barolo 2005 (Italy)

Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, this wine is at its best when opened and decanted for at least an hour before pouring. Intensely aromatic with notes of sweet black cherry, dark cola, and candied vanilla. Tannins add complexity to a palate of dark cherry notes mingled with bittersweet dark chocolate, black pepper, and a hint of tobacco.

 

Consoli Nanni Sweet Bianco (Italy)

A “semi-sweet” dessert wine with just enough bubbles. Refreshing with crisp fruit flavors and a bright, clean finish. Great as an aperitif or with light meals.

Wine & Beer Samples 3-10-2017

Southern Tier Imperial Ginger Beer (NY)

Aromas of freshly grated ginger and spicy red pepper flakes mix with an agave sweetness and a slight hint of caramel. A medium, smooth body with notes of ginger, spice, and agave sweetness are held together by a malt backbone. A bit of lime concentrate adds a tart note that perfectly balances the sweet. Add this to some vodka over ice in a copper cup for the perfect Moscow Mule.


Happy Hour Chardonnay (Spain)
                                                 

This crisp and refreshing Chardonnay has notes of freshly sliced apples, Meyer lemon, Wildflower honey and a hint of vanilla. The perfect balance of stainless steel with minimal time on oak for a crisp and fruit forward wine with a mouthwatering finish. A great match for a movie night with popcorn!

 

Tamber Bey Unoaked Chardonnay 2015 (CA)        

This Dijon clone Chardonnay is aged in 100% steel, hence “unoaked,” which helps to preserve the intensity of the fruit notes in this wine. Flavors of banana and pear are first noted, and then followed by apple and white flower notes. Fresh and bright with a substantial mineral layer and yeastiness to add complexity. A long finish of fresh apple and white peach notes.

Happy Hour Red Blend (Spain)                                                                       

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 15% Petit Verdot; Bold and juicy with notes of black cherries, ripe raspberries and hints of spice and vanilla, creating a perfectly smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Pair with anything and everything!

Tamber Bey Rabicano Red Blend 2013 (CA)

Tamber Bey’s estate grown Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc) is extremely elegant and fragrant with notes of black licorice, crushed strawberry, beef bouillon, and a hint of cedar. Silky smooth from beginning to end with notes of blueberry and blackberry leading to notes of cola, vanilla, and a touch of minerality.

Ca’ Bea Sangue Di Giuda 2014 (Italy)

A rare, sweet red with a fruity bouquet. Perfect for dry pastries, cookies, and cakes.

Wine & Beer Samples 3-3-2017

Heavy Seas Siren Noire (MD)
Not your father’s chocolate stout; Almost 3 pounds of Belgian coco nibs are used per barrel; Aged 5 weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans added; A mix of dark malts gives a well-rounded body that is decidedly chocolatey-but without being extraordinarily sweet; Brewers Gold hops add an earthy spiciness, with notes of black currant; Pair with fresh berries and whipped cream or ice cream sandwiches!

 


Carne Humana White Blend 2014 (CA)
                          

Blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon, 7% Gewurztraminer and 3% Viognier; Very pale and delicate straw color. Intense fruit aromas of pear, lemon custard, pineapple and guava. A crisp and dry character with bright pear tones integrated with subtle citrus flavors and fruity, tropical highlights. The palate is mellow with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that gives way to a long, bright and clean finish.

Ancient Peaks Renegade 2014 (CA)        

Blend of 80% Syrah, 18% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot; Offers concentrated red and black fruit aromas with suggestions of cedar, smoked bacon and high-toned oak; The palate is intense, packed with velvety layers of boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry and cranberry, with trailing hints of vanilla, caramel, coffee and black pepper. The fruit extends lavishly into the finish, braced by fine, integrated tannins and juicy acidity. Great match for full-flavored dishes such as parmesan-crusted rack of lamb, pepper steak with mushroom sauce, or French onion soup.

Emmolo Merlot 2014 (CA)                                                                                    

This wine is lush and supple on the palate, with expansive, dark berry flavors, a fresh earthiness and smooth, leathery tannins. Exhibits aromas of mahogany smoke, leather and brown spice, while earthy flavors intertwine with caramelized plum and smooth tannins reminiscent of ground cocoa.

Botani Muscat 2015 (Spain)

A sparkling wine so vibrant that it explodes on the palate and fills the glass with exotic floral aromas; Offers pleasant aromas of lychee, lime and white flowers; Lime and lychee flavors finish clean and properly sweet, with just enough acidic cut. Pairs nicely with salty snacks, desserts, and seafood.

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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