Ever since their conception in 19th century Bohemia, Pilsners have become one of, if not the, world’s most popular beer styles. Sierra Nevada’s take on the style pays homage to its Czech roots with Saaz and Perle hops that give this beer a spicy, floral character.
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Though they have never been terribly popular in the United States, the German Kolsch has long been a continental favorite. The cold-conditioned golden ale is easy-drinking and low in alcohol. Northwestern hop varietals like Mount Hood and Willamette add delicate spiciness and a zesty aroma that offer a distinctly American twist on this classic German beer.
From the gluten-free Daura line, comes Spain’s twist on the summertime favorite shandy. The blend is 60% lager combined with 40% lemonade (and, we are told, a hint of lime) to produce this citrusy sweet, low ABV beer that is ideal for sipping as we slog through our warmer days.
One of the first US breweries to produce the now-popular gose (“go-suh”) style, Anderson Valley has brought us this delightful twist on the style. Rather than building from the classic salt-and-coriander brew, their twist offers a bright lemon-lime tartness and subtle peppery finish bolstered by delicate Bravo hops.
A few years back, Edinburgh’s head distiller David Wilkinson came up with an experiment; to create a gin using botanicals only found on the eastern coast of Scotland. Teaming up with a local botanist and some graduate students, they hit the coastline and turned up such unique flora as scurvy grass, ground ivy, and bladderwrack seaweed. The end result is a delicate, floral, gin with beautiful citrus and pink peppercorn notes.
This wheated bourbon from the folks at Heaven Hill Distillery claims one of those semi-mythical origins that seem to abound in the whiskey world. A young John Fitzgerald, the treasury agent of famous distiller Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle’s, used his keys to pilfer select barrels from the storehouse. Thus, all Fitzgerald whiskey include a stylized key or lock on the label. Myth or not the whiskey itself is quite real and quite good, with soft oak tannins bolstering a palate of leather, pepper, and tobacco in this beautiful little pour.
Known for his extremely long-aged tequilas, Enrique Fonseca’s Fuenteseca Cosecha offers a twist on his usual style. 2013 vintage, single field harvested agave is distilled into easily the most elegant silver tequila we have ever had. The rich, creamy palate offers candied papaya, baking spice, and sweet citrus.
Once an esoteric choice in spirits, mezcal is currently enjoying a sudden and powerful popularity stateside. Ilegal Mezcal is true to style: 100% espadin agave, slowly and lightly roasted, and bottled by hand. The unaged Joven has deep agave aromas with hints of green apple, citrus and white pepper. The four month old Reposado offers a velvety palate of caramelized pear and bitter orange with notes of clove, toffee, and subtle vanilla.
Gone far too long from our market, we once again have access to the specialty bottlings from the good people at Signatory. We currently have three stellar examples of their portfolio. From their 86 Proof Collection, we have the Caol Ila 2007, an eight year old expression with a beautiful smoky sweetness and hints of chocolate and cinnamon. The Dufftown 1997, from their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, delivers a ripe nose of classic Speyside notes: light and fruity pears and chestnuts with a subtle biscuity undertone. Lastly, from the Cask Strength Collection, the Ben Nevis 1991 is a robust 23 year old... View Article
We’ve just added a wonderful Italian Sauvignon Blanc, a pair of refreshing German rosé wines made from pinot noir grapes, and a classic Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. You just won’t find a range and depth of wonderful new wines like these anywhere but Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits.
This marvelous summer thirst-quencher comes in new liter bottles. It’s a blend of three Italian red grapes grown in California’s Yolo County. This zingy, racy and vibrant summer red is perfect for summer getaways and is budge priced at $21.99.
This Cherry Tart pinot is from renowned winemaker Jason Woodbridge. It is made from 100 California Pinot Noir sourced from Monterey County, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County. This delicious gem is modestly priced at $18.99.
Just in time for the hottest days of summer, we’re stacking an exquisite range of rosé from Spain, all at prices worth cheering about!
We got a special deal on a delightful Champagne from the house of Aubrey. This 2008 Aubrey de Humbert is from the respected 1er Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims appellation. This one-time purchase is priced at $52.99.
We’ve brought in two new sparkling wines from France—Antech Blanc from Limoux and Rivarose from Provence. Both are light on the palate as well as the budget, priced at $16.99. Delightful French sparking wines for under $20! Yes!