2014 ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS TEMPTATION ZINFANDEL This is an easy drinking, casual wine that is designed to “tantalize with captivating aromas and seduce with alluring flavors.” Grapes that showcase bright berries and spice from three zinfandel vineyards are combined to create this 100% zinfandel. The drought conditions produced grapes with rich, concentrated flavors. After harvest the different lots were fermented separately and aged on American oak barrels for 10 months before being blended and bottled. The grapes from the Alexander Valley vineyard provide raspberry and strawberry flavors, the grapes from the Suisun Valley add ripe, jammy flavors, while the grapes... View Article
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2014 MOTTURA LE PITRE NEGROAMARO SALENTO IGT The Salento region is in Southern Italy and covers the limestone peninsula dividing the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea. The red wines from this region are often powerful, dry and rustic. The Mottura winery was established in 1927 by Pasquale Mottura. Almost a century later the vineyard and winery continue to be very special to the Mottura family. The Le Pitre label was established in 2005 to enhance the potential of indigenous grapes of the Salento region. Each wine under this label is a unique expression of the terroir and variety. Negroamaro... View Article
2015 GRAN PASSIONE FALANGHINA BENEVENTANO Gran Passione is a label of the Botter family, who have been producing wines under environmentally friendly practices since 1928. Today the company is managed by the family’s third generation, with a “multi-territorial approach that spans the whole of Italy,” focusing on native vines and organic viticulture. Gran Passione sets out to express the passion, devotion and tradition of vine growers. Falanghina is an ancient grape variety reportedly dating back to the Greeks. Most Falanghina is grown in Campania in Southern Italy. Beneventano is a key IGT in Campania. The grapes used in the Gran... View Article
THE 2014 PRUNOTTO FIULOT BARBERA D’ASTI Alfred Prunotto and his wife, Luigina took over and restored an old cooperative winery just after World War II. Alfred’s insistence on high standards of production resulted in high quality wines. The Prunotto winery was among the first in Italy to successfully export wines to the new world. Prunotto was also the first winery in Italy to carefully select grapes from individual vineyards and designate the name of the vineyard (cru) as a symbol of the quality and specific characteristics of the wine. This winery is now part of the Antinori group but the... View Article
THE 2016 TORMARESCA CHARDONNAY PUGLIA IGT The Puglia region in Southern Italy lies along the southeastern coastline. The winery is named for the defensive towers, Tormarescas, built along the coast as a defense against pirates. This chardonnay is the winery’s signature wine. The Chardonnay grapes were picked and immediately pressed. After the soft pressing, the must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit to favor a natural settling of the impurities. The clarified must was then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks at a temperature of 61° Fahrenheit in order to fully bring out the aromatic quality of the grapes.... View Article
Finished with a hint of Cognac, this special edition of renowned Grey Goose is best enjoyed on the rocks in a fine snifter glass to appreciate its rich character and complex nose, with hints of white fruit blossom, plum, apricot, light citrus and wild honey, followed by a long, lingering finish. On the shelf for a modest $68.99.
This unrivalled single malt matures for at least 18 years in the highest quality, handpicked oak casks, which creates a radiant golden color and seductive floral and oaky aroma. Deeply layered and complex, this rich and vibrant whisky delivers beautifully intricate flavors of malted caramel, vanilla, and raisins and lingers with a long, sweet, and pleasantly spicy finish. Jim Murray picked this amazing whisky as the 2017 Scotch Whisky of the Year, and we have a limited supply available for $127.99—about $5 per standard one-ounce pour for this truly amazing 18-year old Scotch!
Crafted from 100% American yellow corn, Western Son Vodka is column distilled 10x’s in small batches, resulting in an extremely well balanced and smooth vodka. Susan’s has this high-quality spirit available in multiple flavors beyond the unflavored Texas vodka. Each is available now for $17.99. The Blueberry vodka has a juicy, ripe blackberry and raspberry aroma with a sweet and fresh blueberry cobbler taste. Enjoy it by adding fresh lemonade or by adding club soda. Prickly Pear has a freshly-picked cactus fruit and melon scent with a long, refreshing semi-sweet yet tart finish, hinting of wild strawberry, kiwi and ripe... View Article
This collaboration brew from Northern California-based Feldwork and Coedo from Japan is 10% ABV, 93 IBU. Gattsu Pozu is the Japanese expression used when a player comes up with the big play and shows his “Guts.” The All-Star lineup of Simcoe, Chinook and Tahoma hops team up with Okinawan Amami Pink Sugar and Japanese Brown Rice in this 10% ABV homerun. Hinoki Wood (Japanese Cedar) rounds out the palette of this sneakily smooth DIPA. Floral, citrus, and complex yet light malt make this the beer for you right now to savor the crispness of fall.
Like the dreaded sarlacc that inhabits the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, Saison du Sarlacc is a hopped up beast of a saison. Saison du Sarlacc starts out as a spelt-based saison, but is whirlpool and dry-hopped with an abundant charge of Citra, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops. This hop monster is co-fermented with Thierez yeast and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for a bit of funk and a crisp, dry finish. It is the most hopped saison they make. For batch 2, they bumped up the ABV a bit to make it a tad bit meaner. We hope you enjoy being... View Article
2014 MAQUIS GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON The Maquis Estate is located in the heart of the Colchagua Valley where the Tinguiririca River meets the Chimbarongo creek. The location of the vineyards on an island between flowing waters on highly concentrated clay deposited over the gravel brought by the rivers, allows for good drainage. The rivers also help moderate the air temperatures in the vineyards. As a result of this, the fruit from the vineyard has extremely concentrated flavors, losing its “green” flavors early in the season. In this region, 2014 had a dry, frosty spring, followed by a warm summer... View Article
2016 CALCU RESERVA ESPECAIL SAUVIGNON BLANC Calcu vineyards are located in the Andes foothills and are among the highest in the Colchagua Valley. The grapes in these vineyards mature slowly and develop great complexities in flavor, including delicate herbal notes. As a result, the wines have a unique freshness and minerality. Colder than usual temperatures in 2016 prolonged and delayed the ripening process. Consequently, the wines show moderate levels of alcohol while exhibiting an excellent natural balance between fruit expression and volume. This wine is cold fermented in stainless steel tanks with low levels of turbidity. The resulting wine is... View Article
Tequila Fortaleza is made the way tequila was made 150 years ago. Their use of old-world machinery and processes creates a very unique tequila experience. It is made from sweet, mineral-rich 100% Blue Agave that’s at least eight years old and grown in Tequila Valley, Jalisco, Mexico. This agave is then slow cooked in an original stone oven for 36 hours. The cooked agave is then stone crushed using a two-ton volcanic stone called a tahona, pulled by an electric tractor that replaced the original mules. Although inefficient by modern standards, this traditional method is preferred by purists. Only a... View Article
Oktoberfest officially begins in mid-September in Germany. Celebrate your own Oktoberfest with some of the original specialty beers that are now coming in.
This “fresh grind” IPA incorporates a new technique where whole-cone hops are ground and added to the dry hop of this wonderfully aromatic, light-bodied beer that clocks in at 6% ABV and 37 IBU.