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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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.