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  • High West A Midwinter Nights Dram
    High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

    This is a blend of 6-year and 16-year old straight rye finished in Port wine barrels and French oak barrels and bottled at 49.3% ABV.  Dark fruit is prominent, in particular cherries and raspberries. It coats the mouth and tongue nicely giving a rich, velvety mouthfeel. There’s less spice than with the standard Rendezvous Rye, but about the same level of complexity. Like the smell, the taste is blend of dark red wine and whiskey although the whiskey dominates on the palate. The finish is highlighted by a lingering sweetness that is a perfect ending.A great gift for the whiskey lover on your list. 90 Points Whiskey Advocate  $83.99 750ml

  • C’est Si Bon
    C’est Si Bon

    Now that the wine cellar is almost empty after the Thanksgiving celebration, we thought we would introduce you to a few gems that will provide plenty of pleasure for the next holiday gathering. These wines represent outstanding values and should not be missed! Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy 2013 -Here’s a lovely white Burgundy for drinking now at a very, very, nice price.  You’ve probably never heard of the little village of Macon-Uchizy, but it’s well known in Burgundy itself. Sallet is relatively unknown in this country, and you won’t find much about him in the wine press either.  That’s because he’s widely respected for quality and value within France and has never had to bother to cultivate a reputation in the US. Although the wine is raised entirely in stainless steel, it opens with deep aromas of smoke, peach skin, wet limestone, and a mélange of tangerine, apple, and pineapple fruit.  In the mouth, it’s loaded with stoney, smokey, fruit - peach,  apricot - and wonderful lemon/lime acidity.  The wine finishes very bright and clean with a mineral note lingering on the pretty finish.  Outstanding value. $14.99 Chateau Michel de Montaigne 2010 – This Chateau is owned by the Mahler-Besse family, owners of Chateau Palmer in Margaux and many other first class wine making properties in Bordeaux and around the world. In 1964 they rebuilt this historic Bergerac property which lies less than six miles from the village of St. Emilion. The terroir is identical to right bank Bordeaux and so the vineyards hold 60 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon on clay and marl soils and the vines average 20 years of age. From the outstanding 2010 vintage this wine continues to over-deliver and offer value that is practically unmatched in the world of French wine. Don’t miss it. $9.99 Chateau la Caminade Cahors Mission La Caminade 2011 - A blend of mainly Malbec with a dash of Merlot,  this wine marries classic Cahors character with an easy-to-drink sensibility. Aromas of black cherry, plum, violets and earth waft from the glass. In the mouth, it's a trim wine - only 12.5% alcohol - that starts with a burst of juicy black cherry/berry and red plum fruit and then gains complexity from notes of baking spice and purple flowers.It's very easy to enjoy, but remains in firm contact with the terroir of Cahors - you'll find a lovely earthy element and a fine mineral streak that speaks to Cahors' limestone soils. This is an honest, genuine wine that shows just how refreshing and vibrant Malbec can be even at this low price. $13.99

  • Classic Winter Beers
    Classic Winter Beers

    December is upon us and because we are in full holiday mode we thought we would share some of the “classic” winter beers that are available only during this time of year. You may have heard of some of these before and others may become your new favorites. Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome: Winter Warmer  6.0% ABV This is a classic holiday beer', a hearty amber colored British ale brewed to be consumed during the winter months. Malty toffee and caramel flavors swim around the mouth with teasing sweetness. A sharp hop character offsets the malts with a thin edge of citric bitterness,. This beer is light and quaffable but still delivers a rich flavor. $5.49  18.9 oz. bottle   St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 95 Points BA World Class 10.0% ABV.  Sizable head drops down to a latte-like foam; this ale is nearly black in color. Candied fruit, plum pudding, hint of broth, burnt sugar and mulling spices scream X-mas to the nose. Carbonation smoothes the palate, silky with a delicate but thick medium body. Malt character is on the dry side for the most part; a smattering of caramel is in the middle. A bit hoppy with a side of phenols, all of which go herbal. Alcohol is pretty tame for 10 percent--it warms but does not rake the taste buds. Fruity, spicy and yeasty with hints of dark sugar the drying finish. Super complex, yet still a sipper. This ale is waiting to be served at a rich holiday meal.$14.99 25.4 oz. Bottle De Struise Tsjeeses: 90 Points BA Outstanding  10% ABV.  Strong blond winter beer with fluffy white head which has been lagered for 8 months on different stonefruits. With the name came a face, a caricature actually, that was drawn on the day Urbain, the brew master and master brewer, drank too many Tsjeeses’s. Every time he drinks one, he says "Tsjeeses, what a beer". Therefore the name is more an expression of stupefaction than a curse. We have had already many discussions around the pronounciation of "Tsjeeses". Very close would be that you say "cheeses" or cheese in plural. $9.95 12 oz. Bottle

  • Beer for Thanksgiving Dinner
    Beer for Thanksgiving Dinner

    The Thanksgiving feast is the best American holiday spent with friends and family. What beer goes well with Thanksgiving though? The savory flavors of the typical Thanksgiving feast: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, breads, etc. are versatile enough to pair well with most beers. So, there are many ways you could go about it. Playing it safe and getting some crowd pleasers like a Sam Adams or Long Trail 12 pack Sampler can be an easy solution for a small group. Even pulling out a couple of limited edition barrel aged Scotch ales and stouts is a great idea. The robust weight and bold flavors match nicely with the meal, and also you can one up your brother-in-law or sister’s boyfriend (we’re not judging) that he’ll do the right thing. Belgian Saisons (farmhouse blonde ales) are probably one of the best things to bring as they invoke a farm to table mindset with their complex yet refreshing flavor profile. Here are some wonderful products that can help you enhance your Thanksgiving feast. Sam Adams Winter Favorites 12 Pack Bottles $16.99 Long Trail Seasonal Survival 12 Pack $13.98 Jack’s Abby Hoponious Union IPL 6 pack $11.99 Cambridge Brewing Flower Child IPA cans 6 pack $12.99 Peak Organic Maple Collaboration 22 oz. $7.99 Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale 22 oz. $7.95 Mayflower Scotch Ale 4 pack $10.99 Spencer Trappiste Blonde Ale 4 Packs $19.99 New Holland Dragon’s Milk Barrel Aged Stout 4 pack $18.99 Pretty Things Jack D’Or Saison 22 oz. $6.99 Saison Dupont 25.4 oz. $11.25 Fantome Pissenlit Dandelion Saison 25.4 oz $17.95

  • Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem
    Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem

    I have long been converted to the wines of Michel Chapoutier – one of the wine world’s great characters and a true winemaking visionary. While his fame derives primarily from his incredible Hermitages, he also has the magic touch of finding superb vineyard sites across France and the rest of the world and one of the very best of these is his extraordinary Cotes du RoussillonVillages Occultum Lapidem , fromDomaine de Bila-Haut. Always an exceptional value,the 2013 has been awarded with a 94 - 97 rating from the Wine Advocate’s  Jeb Dunnuck. Utterly seductive, luscious and rich but with a mineral edge that provides a magical lightness of touch, this completely defies its frankly ridiculous price and will bring tears of joy to any Rhone cognoscenti.$33.99

  • Thanksgiving Wines
    Thanksgiving Wines

    Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays when a large majority of American families actually serve a glass of wine with the festive menu. We encourage that notion greatly and hope you extend it to a more frequent occasions. In the meantime here is our suggestion list of wines to choose from for this years Thanksgiving menu. Cheers! Lanson Brut NV - a delicious bubbly to start with at an equally delicious price $34.98 La Canan Albarinho 2013 -  Dry and tightly wound, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors with excellent energy on the finish, leaving behind lime and pear skin notes. $19.99 Dr. Wagner Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2013 - minerally, a tad of residual sugar with great acidity and food friendliness. $19.99 Newton Red Label Chardonnay 2012 - a welcome companion to the dining table, offering a fresh expression of the varietal. Shows vibrant fruit notes, from melon to green apple, on the nose, and these are echoed on the palate along with fresh fig and pear, all balanced by racy acidity and hints of vanilla. $21.99 Eric Kent Rose 2013 - probably the best pink wine of the year, complex enough to cover all facets of this dinner $21.99 Seghesio Zinfandel 2012 - quintessential American wine for the qunitessential American meal, rich and filled with berry flavors, well-structured and elegant. $19.99 Domaine des Miquettes St. Joseph 2011 - Syrah aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, olive, violet and cracked pepper, with a hint of smoked meat in the background. Juicy, focused, offering vibrant blackberry and  cherry flavors that gain sweetness and spiciness with air.$33.99 Cain Cuvee - another great American choice from an elite California winery that keeps giving us something to talk about and enjoy, especially with the leg of turkey. $32.99 Davis Family Soul Patch Pinot Noir 2012 -  this might be the best wine on this list to match with Turkey, comprised of the best barrels of the vintage, just be sure to decant and happiness follows. $44.99 Venge Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - the epitome of lush, rich but not overbearing, serve this one and your guests may only leave when the last bottle is drained. $59.99

  • Scotch Ales
    Scotch Ales

    Originally Edinburgh, Scotland’s answer to the English Burton Ale, Scotch Ale came in various strengths and colors as it became a general term for all Scottish export ales. Today the term refers to beers of amber to brown color, with modest to strong ABVs, low levels of hops, and in some examples elements of subtle smokiness. This smokiness can be achieved by using a specialty grain such as peated barley malt. These beers are a great treat for those who are not fans of hoppy ales, IPAs, or Imperial Stouts. Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro:  89 Points BA Very Good 6.9% ABV. When Oskar Blues decided to make a Nitrogen dispensed version of their Scotch Ale Old Chub they tweaked the recipe only by lowering the ABV from 8% to 6.9% by removing some of the 2 row barley malt, keeping all the specialty malts intact and delivering the same great malty flavor as the carbonated version. The difference is mostly in the mouthfeel and drinkability. Nitro slides down the throat like a draft beer. Utterly smooth and creamy, moderately sweet with just ghostly whispers of smokiness.$11.99 14.9 oz. 4 Pack Cans Mayflower Scotch Ale: 88 Points BA Very Good  7.8% ABV. Pours a deep chestnut colored hue with great clarity and an inch thick beige head. Low carbonation in the mouth with a  rich and creamy texture. Great weight. Sweetness upfront with a deep caramel and toffee malt flavors. Their is an underlying hint of smoked barley which nails the style and adds a nice touch of complexity. The finish then switches gears and ends dry balancing out the beer keeping it from being to sweet and smooth adding a touch of backbone and making it enticing enough to want more. $11.99 12 oz. 4 Pack Founders Backwoods Bastard:  97 Points BA World Class  10.2% ABV. This beer is Founders Dirty Bastard aged for 6 months in Kentucky Straight Bourbon Barrels. Dirty Bastard is an absolute beautiful beer to behold but Backwoods Bastard is off the charts delicious. Dark mahogany  in color and brewed with ten varieties of imported malts this beer is a bold and powerful ale. There is much flavor packed into one little bottle ranging from sweet maltiness to scotchy smoked malts and then waves of vanilla and boozy bourbon. A great beer to age as flavors mellow and marry with a years time.$17.99 12 oz. 4 Pack Bottles

  • American Wine
    American Wine

    November is an American month, after all there is an election, there is Thanksgiving and there is football. Something for everybody determined by your psychological make-up. Which of course means that this week’s wine selections are as American as it gets.   Taft Street Chardonnay 2012 –this vintage was noted for mature flavors at relatively low sugars, leading to crisp whites with bright acidity and low alcohol. This wine has a delightfully creamy combination of soft lime and citrus flavors. The result is a bright, fruit-forward wine with hints of toasted almond in the very long finish. Might be a good choice with the bird.$19.99   Etesian Pinot Noir 2011 – The Etesian wind tempers the warm days of summer in the eastern Mediterranean. Similarly, in California the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean cools the vineyards of Sonoma, promoting superb natural balance and well-developed flavors in these Pinot Noir grapes. The nose opens with spicy black cherry and earth with cedar and blackberry. These notes continue on to the mouth with spice and jammy black cherry with toasty oak and bramble. Pairs well alongside grilled meats, including rack of lamb, duck breast and steak. Try with dishes that contain fresh herbs, braised greens, roasted mushrooms or figs. $19.99   Aviary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 –this wine is deep ruby in color, opening with aromas of black berries, dried plums, cigar box, and a hint of pepper. The broad mid-palate is rich and balanced with flavors of plum, currant, and black tea. The grapes are picked a few weeks early to minimize sugar levels, which in turn produces more elegant wines with lower alcohols. Softer tannins give this Cabernet Sauvignon definition and structure in a more delicate and approachable style than you will find in some of the overpowering 2012 Napa Valley Cabs. A perfect wine to enjoy both on its own and with food. $19.98

  • Agner & Wolf Brewery Co.
    Agner & Wolf Brewery Co.

    AGNER & WOLF Brewery Corp. is the childhood dream of two enthusiastic people, Erwin and Nataly Agner , to own their own brewery and it has come true in Nashua, New Hampshire. Their German roots demanded that the only way to brew beer was to follow the traditions of German brewing, particularly the Reinheitsgebot law of 1516, stating that  beer could only contain water, barley, hops, and yeast. Their lineup represents four types of beer: Hefeweizen (Wheat beer), Altbier (Ale), Marzen (Red Lager) and Schwarzbier (Dark Lager). The idea of creating of four types of beer was born from the natural concept of four: - four elements (water, fire, air and soil) - four main directions (North, South, East and West) - four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) - four period of time in twenty-four hours (morning, day, evening and night) When they imagine summer, they think about Sun, strong smells of flower and fruits, about wide fields of wheat and bees flying above and finally about a bear, which is personified their Wheat beer (Hefeweizen). Autumn shows  its colorful outfit that reminds them of the fire in the fireplace and  the color of fox fur and  thus their second type of beer – Red Lager (Marzen). What could be more warming than their third  beer – Dark Lager (Schwarzbier) in the winter evening? When it is so cold and dark outside, and somewhere in the dense blizzard one can hear a lone wolf howl, one should not worry at all because there is the tamed wolf in this beer glass. And finally spring and the fourth beer (Altbier), which is represented by wise and noble animal – wild boar. Spring, especially early, does not differ a riot of colors and sounds; all of it is nice and mild, decorous and dignified. This particular finesse they wanted to give to their  Altbier, which is so easy to drink and mixes well with almost any meal. Great German beers brewed in our backyard, you must try!

  • Conn Valley Right Bank
    Conn Valley Right Bank

    Inspired by the Merlot-based blends of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, this classy red “has been a winner since its debut release and it continues to be one of Napa Valley’s most interesting wines.” (Robert Parker) It’s made by one of Napa’s most significant winemakers, Todd Anderson, whose commitment to the very highest quality cannot be questioned. A wine of this pedigree is rarely seen at such a fantastic discount and certainly will not last. Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the inky/purple-hued wine exhibits a celestial bouquet of blue and black fruits interwoven with notions of camphor, spice, subtle smoke, and incense. Full-bodied, powerful, youthful, and ageworthy, it should drink well for three decades.  On the palate, mocha, chocolate, espresso and ripe raspberries. Lots of layers with sweet integrated tannins, great texture, again black fruit with crushed rocks and silky finish. The finish is long and lingering aftertaste that lasts several minutes. $44.98

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