February 23, 2018 – Beer and Wine Tasting Notes – We are infused & fortified with Spirit!

 

Innis & Gunn “Kindred Spirits” Stout (Scotland)Matured using Tullamore’s legendary triple distilled whiskey barrels creating a rich and delicious Irish Whiskey barrel-aged stout. A perfect pairing of rich, flavor-packed beer, and the sweet, spicy, smooth taste of whiskey with notes of dark chocolate and coffee alongside hints of vanilla. Click on the picture! Irish band Ash and Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit met over a Kindred Spirits in our hometown of Edinburgh to create the Kindred Sessions, now available to watch online:

 

 

 “Living Labels Series”

150 years ago, Jacob and Frederick Beringer were pioneers of a new age, making their way across the frontier to plant their first vines in Napa Valley. Today, remaining true to their bold, pioneering spirit with Beringer Bros. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wines, these varietals are aged for sixty days in charred, American oak bourbon barrels, resulting in a uniquely rich, warm, and bold flavor.

 

 

 

 

Beringer Bros. BB Aged Chardonnay 2016 (California)This brazen and unruly Chardonnay shows flavors of baked Golden apples, toasted almonds, and a buttery finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beringer Bros. BB Aged Red Blend 2016 (California)This expressive blend provides flavors of black cherry, toasted coconut and dark caramel with a smoky finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beringer Bros. BB Aged Cabernet 2016 (California)The palate will be charmed by the bold flavors of black cherry, toffee, dark chocolate and roasted hazelnuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prime’s Tawny Port (Portugal)The individual grape varietals are aged in Madeira barrels for 3-4 years, and then the smooth & mellow wines are blended together a few months before bottling for balance and completeness. 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.

 

February 16, 2018 – Beer & Wine Tasting Notes – Join us this week as we welcome Kelly from Free Run Wines!

 

 

Carlsberg Premium Beer (Denmark)Bright golden color with nice looking foam, this beverage is integral to the Danish cultural heritage and a preferred thirst quencher.  Aroma is dominated by pine, straw, hazelnut and sorrel and the palate exhibits harmonious balance between bitterness and sweet apples on the palate.

 

 

 

 

Gini Soave Classico 2015 (Italy)92 points-James Suckling – Intense with aromas of fresh white flowers, white peach and tropical fruit. A round savory palate offers juicy peach, red Bartlett pear and a note of white almond. The right amount of minerality accentuates the creaminess.

 

 

 

 

 

Fossil Pinot Noir 2016 (California), 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the Edna Valley, Central Coast.  Aging in a mix of new and once-filled French Oak barrels provides soft aromas and palate pleasing tastes of red cherry, cranberry, savory herbs, boysenberry, peat moss, sweet vanilla and red meat. Pair with rosemary-crusted prime rib with pommes aligot.

 

 

 

 

Pares Balta Mas Petit 2015 (Spain)Organic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 56% and Garnacha 44% with cherry undertones and aroma of red fruits on a background of soft toast and vanilla. The palate is soft and round with velvety tannins and notes of intertwined fruit and vanilla seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Sex Dry Rose’ Sparkling Wine (Michigan), A provocative blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Muscat grapes give this sparkling wine a pink hue, red fruit aromas, and soft style. Varietals are handpicked and carefully whole-cluster pressed. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then blended with reserve wines and fermented a second time in a closed tank [the cuvee close method].

 

February 9, 2018 – Sake’ & Wine Tasting Notes – The weekend begins here!

Social Sparkling Sake’ Wine Elderflower Apple” (Illinois), Crisp apple flavors blended together with a refreshing elderflower bouquet that is lightly sweetened. (Organic, gluten-free, sulfite -free, vegan, 88 calories, 1 gram of sugar). Serve chilled or pour over light ice. Want to spice things up? Try mixing with 1.5oz of classic spirits like vodka and gin, or get creative and use in place of soda in your favorite cocktail recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

Villa Jolanda “I Love You Prosecco” (Italy)Light straw yellow color with greenish hints. On the nose the wine is aromatic, rich in flowers and fruits scents. The taste is fresh, persistent, and fruity. Two sizes available – enjoy some with the one you love.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapelle St Arnoux Ventoux 2015 (France),This blend of 75%Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault provides subtle aromas of red fruits and hint of scrubland and spices. In the mouth it is harmonious, supple and generous with a spicy final taste. Pair with grilled meats, charcuterie, and cheeses.

 

 

Oak Cottage Shiraz 2016 (Australia)Aromas of plum, fruitcake, blackcurrant and spice are also reflected in the palate of this medium-bodied, flavorful selection. Enjoy with slow cooked lamb shoulder or hard cheddar cheeses.

 

 

 

Chocolate Shop (USA), The ultimate “chocolate lovers” wine is ruby red wine blended with rich velvety chocolate. Black cherry, dark chocolate, and hints of cocoa powder intermingle with the senses. Nuances of red wine and residual sugar linger on the smooth finish. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

 

February 2, 2018 -Cider & Wine Tasting Notes – Join us in exploring the bounty of South Africa’s 2017 harvest!

 

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry (United Kingdom)Organic and Gluten-free, this dry sparkling pear cider entices with its smooth body and crisp rich flavor and gentle aroma of a summer pear orchard. Serve chilled and enjoy with blue cheese or Gorgonzola, salad, sweet potatoes, prosciutto, or anything featuring ginger.

 

 

 

 

“The South African grape harvest is slightly larger than 2016 following a dry season and consumers can look forward to exceptional wines from the 2017 vintage.”

 “The dry, warm weather resulted in healthy grapes and small berries with good intensity. Greater variation between night and day temperatures during the ripening stage gave the color and flavor formation a further boost, which are indicative of remarkable quality wines.”

 

Plettenberg Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (South Africa)Aromas of apple and melon are complemented by hints of cracked pepper. Palate is fruit-driven with flavors of melon, mineral & herbs. The finish is crisp and refreshing with balanced acidity.

 

 

Plettenberg Bay Pinotage 2017 (South Africa)Delicious aromas of red orchard fruit and raspberry with a hint of smoke.  Medium-bodied palate with defined tannins and a persistent finish.

 

 

 

 

 

Plettenberg Bay Shiraz 2017 (South Africa)The wine is full of rich red fruits, spice and earthy notes, supported by soft tannins.  The palate contains generous fruit and remains focused as it evenly tightens to a long balanced finish with fresh acidity.

 

 

Robertson Sweet Rose’ (South Africa)Blended varietals harvested early showcase fruity and fresh, floral flavors, leading to wine packed with natural sweet delicious berry flavors that are low in alcohol and very enjoyable. Serve well chilled.

January 26, 2018 – Wine & Beer Tasting Notes -Let your palate tour Italy with us! No airfare required.

 

Santa Barbara Verdicchio 2016 (Italy)The Marche region of Italy is most readily associated with superb white wines made from Trebbiano and Verdicchio varietals, both prized for their crisp dryness and distinctive herbaceous notes. This straw yellow wine demonstrates delicate, floral and fruity aromas with rich fresh fruit and white flowers on the palate and sweet almond on the finish.

 

 

 

 

Terrilogio Primitivo 2016 (Italy)The Puglia region has provided this Zinfandel varietal that delivers deep inky ruby red color with typical flavors of liquorice, red berries, and tar. Delicious fruity finish, full-bodied and warm, with strong tannins. Ideal with hot and spicy foods. Serve at room temperature.

 

 

 

Prodiga Nero D’Avola 2015 (Italy)Produced according to the appassite method, this varietal hails from Sicily. The nose resembles fresh-picked, dirt-covered raspberries, pressed under-ripe strawberries, currants and mint leaves. The palate offers a faint pop of sweetness with pink peppercorn and red chili flakes, plus frozen blueberries and earthy violets. Pairs well with roasted game, smoked meats or Italian cheeses.

 

 

 

 

Red Electra Moscato 2016 (California)Made by combining orange and black Muscat grapes, this perfect party wine tastes of succulent fresh picked cherries and berries and has a slight sparkle. It pairs well with all kinds of desserts, cheeses, and fruit – but also makes delectable sangria and sorbet. To make sangria, add chilled Red Electra to seasonal fruit and sparkling water. To make sorbet, pour into a freezer safe container and freeze overnight.

 

 

 

 

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale (Scotland)This very special dark ale has been brewed in small batches and then matured in hand-selected, first-fill bourbon casks to give it its rich, rounded character. Notes of brown sugar, orange oil and coconut are complemented by an earthy freshness from the hops, and the 30 days the beer spent in oak have ensured a satisfyingly smooth finish.

 

January 19, 2018 – Cider & Wine Tasting Notes – We have a tier for you – Don’t forget to ask about our wine club!

 

Blue Toad Hawaii Toad “Ohh” Pineapple (Virginia), Cold weather is here so we are serving a taste of sunshine! Splash a wave of refreshment on your new year with this refreshing hard cider. A seasonal flavor mixing the smooth, citrus taste of fresh Hawaiian pineapple with the crisp, tart sweetness of apple cider.

 

 

 

Santa Carolina Reserva Pinot Noir 2016 (Chile), Powerful aromas of wild berries and sarsaparilla combined with hints of tobacco. The palate reflects the nose w/added spice good structure and a pleasant, persistent finish. Ideal to pair with sushi and soft cheeses like brie.

 

 

 

Coelho “Atracao” Pinot Noir 2011 (Oregon), Proportionate, delicate and expressive with strawberry and red-plum fruit, a streak of butter and a hint of vanilla in the finish. Enjoy with pork, poultry, and mild cheeses.

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Life Pinot Noir 2015 (California), Aromas of black currant, black cherry and sweet rose petal. On the palate, ripe red fruit flavors are followed by elegantly balanced acidity and soft, velvety tannins. A versatile wine which pairs perfectly with weeknight dinners; pasta, pizza or burgers.

 

 

 

Castello Del Poggio Moscato (Italy), Straw-yellow with golden reflections and a delicate mousse. Fruity and very inviting, with intense scents of musk, peaches, honey and white flowers. Fresh and pleasantly sweet. Pair with BBQ, spicy dishes, pasta & salads.

January 12, 2018 – Sake & Wine Tasting Notes – Exercise your palate in 2018!

 

SOCIAL  Sparkling Sake’ Wine “Hibiscus Cucumber” (Illinois), Lovely blend of floral fragrance and a crisp refreshing undertone of cucumber. Very lightly sweetened.  Perfect for those who are mindful of what they consume – organic, gluten-free, sulfite- free, vegan, 88 calories, 1 gram of Sugar, 4 grams of carbs. Enjoy with salad. Serve chilled or pour over ice. For more information visit Socialsparklingwine.com.

 

 

Corralitos Syrah 2012 (California), 91 points, National Wine ReviewAromas of brandied fruit, smoked meat, and bitters. The palate is brimming with ripe raspberry, clove, jasmine tea, cola and candied ginger. Earthy impressions of crushed stone and spicy oak give this medium-bodied red plenty of dimension. Pairs perfectly with medium to sharp cheeses, cured meats, barbecued or grilled meats, and other hearty fare. 

 

 

Dm Serre des Vignes “Secrets de Syrah” 2012 (France), From the southern Cotes du Rhône this powerful Syrah gives all its secrets. This 100% syrah is ripe on oak and has a beautiful purple-red color and a complex nose – expressive and powerful. The mouth is bursting with flavors of red fruit, with a long finish of vanilla and roasted coffee.

 

 

 

Volare Syrah 2016 (Chile), Deep dark ruby red with fresh aromas of black berries, marmalade, vanilla & clove. Structured & well balanced with velvety finish. Enjoy with lamb, grilled meat, stews and spicy food.

 

 

 

 

19 Crimes Shiraz 2016 (Australia), Full, round, bright-red with crimson hues gives way to a subtle sweetness on the palate. The criminally intense vanilla aromatics are balanced with ripe raspberry and plum fruits. The vanilla carries through on the palate and complements subtle ­flavors of raspberries, dark plums and chocolate. Red berry fruit and plush tannins provide a lingering finish.

 

 

Robertson Winery Sweet Red (South Africa), This Pinotage provides aromas and flavors of black current and wild fruit. The palate offers a sweet vibrancy that plays well with most desserts.

January 5, 2018 Wine & Beer Tasting Notes – Resolve to taste wine with us every Friday evening!

 

Rocca delle Macie “Moonlight” Toscana 2015 (Italy), Chardonnay 35%, Vermentino 30%, Pinot Grigio 20% and Trebbiano 15%. Straw-yellow color. Intense aromas of white flowers with hints of flint on the nose. Fresh mineral notes blend perfectly with citrus notes. Excellent alone or particularly well-suited to light appetizers, seafood, soft cheeses, and white meat dishes.

 

 

 

Duca Di Saragnano Chianti Riserva 2013 (Italy), 93 points, Yearbook 2017 of the Best Italian WinesVivid red color which develops into a slight brick. The delicate bouquet reveals notes of ripe red fruits and hints of violet together with pungent spices, like peppercorn. The texture is a perfect balance between the fruit, the soft tannins and the freshness that make it an ideal companion to roasts, game and seasoned cheese.

 

 

 

 

Masseria Pertuso Avelium 2013 (Italy), Intense ruby color with red and black berries and a bit of spice and smoke on the nose. Soft tannins and low acidity. Perfectly complements earthy soups, pasta and hearty meats.

 

 

 

 

Cipriani Bellini (Italy), In 1948, Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of the legendary Harry’s Bar in Venice, created an exciting cocktail when he mixed fresh white peaches with Prosecco, a classic Italian sparkling wine. You can enjoy this world famous cocktail, the hero of leisurely brunches and relaxing afternoons, simply by chilling the bottle and popping the cork!

 

 

 

 

O’Hara’s Irish Stout (Ireland), This stout brings one back to how Irish stouts used to taste and has been awarded prestigious honors for its quality and authenticity. Robust roast flavor complemented by a full-bodied and smooth mouth feel.  Fuggle hops lend a tart bitterness to the dry espresso-like finish and rich complex coffee aromas mingle with light liquorice notes.

December 29, 2017 – Beer and Wine Tasting Notes – Cheers to the New Year!

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbor Ale (Canada)An American style pale ale.  For hop lovers, huge citrus and pine aromas greet the nose and continue on the palate, leaving a remarkably easy-drinking beer with a nice clean finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dibon Cava (Spain)Bubbles! This wine has aromas of apples and pears with pleasant floral notes.  Crisp and light-bodied on the palate, stone fruit flavors are accompanied by a mild minerality and balanced acidity.  Its bubbles give it a freshness and vivacity, resulting in a smooth and silky finish. Time to celebrate!

 

 

 

Monsieur Touton Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (France)A straight forward, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  Aromas of green grass and ocean breeze lead to crisp citrus notes that play across the palate with green apple and grass to create a savory, clean, smooth finish.

 

 

 

Shotfire Shiraz 2015 (Australia)Deep red with purple tints. Rich and concentrated dark fruits with charry oak and mocha notes.  The palate shows dense plum and mulberry with dark chocolate and savory oak tannins, yet balanced with a long finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whiskers Blake 10 yr. Tawny (Australia), The nose is reminiscent of chocolate with coffee overtones and a layering of caramel, walnut, almond, and orange peel.  The palate is smooth and mellow with good length and a dry finish with classic flavors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

December 22, 2017 Beer, Wine & Mead Tasting Notes – Be merry with us & finish your holiday shopping at the same time!

 

Ridgeway Bad Elf Winter ‘s Ale (United Kingdom)Deep amber gold beer with a lacy head and slight carbonation.  Malty, sweet, seasonally spicy and slightly hoppy. 

 

 

 

 

Fess Parker Viognier 2014 (California)Salted stone-fruit, Key-lime pie and eggy brioche notes show on the nose of this full-bodied varietal. The palate offers lime blossoms, white peach, slight quinine and a touch of caramel in the mid-palate. Citrus and mineral notes on the finish.

 

 

 

 

Fess Parker Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2013 (California)Cherry-rhubarb juice, shiitake mushrooms, sagebrush and iron make for a lush and layered nose on this appellation-blend wine that is widely available. The palate begins with plush red cherry then dives into oregano, sage and mace spice. Expertly complex!

 

 

 

 

Emmolo Merlot 2014 (California)93 points – James Suckling and from the folks at Caymus – opulent, juicy red with loads of fruit and spices. Balanced with notes of chocolate, walnut, and savory influences.  A full-throttle and serious red to love!  

 

 

 

Misty Mountain Mead Lemon ‘n’ Honey (Virginia)This honey wine is uniquely flavored due to the abundance of local orchards, wildflower fields, and forests in the Shenandoah Valley. Handcrafted from start to finish, using only honey, and adding the juice of fresh lemons, sweet Mead is an incredible dessert wine which can be served chilled or warmed, depending on the season. Enjoy it with pears, nuts, cheeses, and even cheesecake.