Wines & Spirits

WINES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Women and Wine! We’ve brought in some exquisite wines for the special days coming up.  The first group of wines is from Avignonesi. The winery is named after the Avignonesi family, the founders of the original estate. Virginie Saverys, the owner, has introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with the Montepulciano appellation. “We believe that the life force of the earth and the uniqueness of our terroir are at the heart of our brand. Avignonesi is reborn from the soil of our vineyards with each vintage in wines that mirror the subtle flavours of the site and the special traits of each year. Our wines express the richness and beauty of the Montepulciano territory. We respect the heritage of Montepulciano, where Sangiovese wines have been produced for centuries, and we wish to contribute to its future by being the finest representative of its heritage that we can be.”  I’ve printed out tasting sheets for the three wines we have in the shop.  Stop in & check them out.

“Champagne AYALA is one of the longest-established Champagne Houses; it has been based in Aÿ, at the heart of the great champagne vineyards, since it was founded over 150 years ago. Independent and family-owned, it is still today the archetype of a great and historic House, producing top quality wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance.”

Born in Reims in 1975, Caroline Latrive received her National Oenology Diploma in 1999 followed by a master’s degree in oenology in wines from Champagne in 2005. She joined Champagne AYALA in 2006, watchfully learning about the House’s expertise in winemaking, before being appointed as Cellar Master in 2011. Today, she carefully ensures that the House style is maintained by focusing on quality rather than quantity.

BRUT MAJEUR
Made from a blend of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House. Extended aging in the cellars make this wine suitable for any occasion; it is the finest example of Ayala’s freshness and elegance.

An exquisite French Champagne—perfect for that celebration when nothing less will do.
Click on the link at the top of the page for more information. SIX new wines–all from California and all small production, family-owned/-farmed vineyards.

Baileyana Chardonnay

NEW WINES!

THANK YOU, GLUNZ WINES, for a wonderful tasting Monday at City Winery on Randolph.  We tried  new wines that you will be finding in our racks in the near future.
Just a few highlights–UNDER $15
  • Spain, 100%Tempranillo Spada–Tinto de Toro
  • France Cave de TainSyrah
  • Domaine Gayda Grenache Syrah Blend
  • South Africa Robertson is back!
    After a couple less then stellar vintages, the 2011 is tasting great!  Pinot Noir, SMV and Chenin Blanc, Bulgaria
    YES, Bulgaria!  These are amazing!
  • California Toschi Vineyards – A very nice, creamy Chardonnay and two reds–Merlot & Cabernet-both clean & rich–good examples of the grapes
  • Vini Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

COCKTAIL MENU

Check out our new cocktail offerings.  Since we only make a few cocktails I wanted to use the best liquor for them.  All of these are amazing–including Bushmills.  Being a Irish drinker, I do know the different preferences in brands.  I really like this Bushmills.  It is a great sipping whiskey and also makes a great Irish Coffee so for our purposes, it seems a good choice.

SAZERAC $9.50
It all began in the early 1800’s when Antoine Amedee Peychaud mixed Cognac with his Peychaud bitters. In 1859 the drink was the signature drink of the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, where it received its name. The exact reason for the substitution of rye whiskey for the Cognac is unclear, but the whiskey base is used today.

GIN or VODKA TONIC $7

GIN or VODKA MARTINI $7

IRISH COFFEE $6

BUSHMILLS, as you like it, $6

OUR VERY SELECT LIQUORS

Templeton Rye
Strong yet splendid, rye whiskey has undergone a major resurgence around the world, based on its rare combination of bold, almost spicy character and clean, smooth finish. Although most American whiskeys ceased production after prohibition ended, Templeton Rye continued to be produced illegally in small quantities for loyal patrons. More than eighty-five years later, the infamous small batch rye whiskey finally returned – made available legally for the first time ever in 2006.

Death’s Door Gin
Death’s Door Gin has a surprisingly simple botanical mix of juniper berries that grow wild on Washington Island with coriander and fennel sourced from within the state. Death’s Door Gin employs a base of organic Washington Island wheat and organic malted barley from Chilton, Wisconsin. It has a full London Dry flavor without all of the bitterness because of the extraction process and the base spirit used (i.e., their vodka). In fact, you can taste all three botanicals: loaded juniper berries up front; spicy, citrusy notes from the coriander seeds in the mid-palate; and a soft, cooling finish provided by the fennel seeds. Death’s Door Gin is big enough to stand up to classic or vintage cocktail treatment, but soft enough to be enjoyed on the rocks or as a dry martini.

Polish Select Vodka
Most vodkas in the marketplace are made from wheat grain, Poland Select presents a distinctive smooth, revitalizing flavor that only a 100% rye grain, six times distilled vodka produced in Poland can offer.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

  • NOSE–light and fruity with spicy aromas; vanilla note,developing into crème brulée
  • PALATE–gently warming, mouth coating texture. a touch of honey
  • FINISH–crisp, fresh finish with a touch of spice

New Wines Today–3/31 Romanian Plum Brandy–amazing.  Also some really good and well-priced Bulgarian wine- chardonnay and cabernet–both priced at $10.

New Wines Today–2/18 Peirano Estates Immortal “Old Vine” Zin
Nice nose of cherry & spice. The palate is a mix of sweet red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and red fruit with  smooth tannins and  a lengthy finish. This is a wine for great food, friends and conversation.

New Wines Today–2/15 Monte de Luz Tannat & Syrah from Uruguay.
Tannat is a European grape used for blending that grows very well in this terroir.

• Dark garnet colour with a violet rim. Lovely nose of ripened fruit with plum and cherry supported by mineral notes.
• Dense, powerful, juicy with a long and elegant finish. Smooth tanins.

The more familiar Syrah is a delicious expression of the grape–Fresh crushed strawberries, light spice and high acidity make up this lovely wine.  Both offered at $10.50

And, because I can’t resist a great French wine–Chateau Cadillac Bordeaux Superieur–70% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc–An intense nose of red berries with vanilla with roasted notes. Mouth is round and well?balanced with mellow tannins and vanilla. Great length on the palate. $21

And, Chateau Haut Selve Graves Blanc made from Semillon (50%), Sauvignon Blanc (35%), and the rare Sauvignon Gris (15%).  A fresh, concentrated wine with a crisp finish of wood and citrus notes. Excellent with fish and shellfish. $18

Come in today and let Dawn or one of our knowledgeable staff assist you in finding the perfect wine. We hand selected every wine that comes into our shop to assure the best quality and value is passed on to our customers.

Can’t find that special wine you had on vacation or at a party? Stop by or call us and we will do our best to help you reconnected with that special wine!

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