Weekly Newsletter: Week of May 27

30 May, 2013


Summer Whites

As the summer heat wave begins, many of you have commented your wine tastes are shifting from big reds meant to be enjoyed by the fireside to white varietals enjoyed on the patio. This trend is not unlike switching your winter wardrobe of sweaters and boots to the summer wardrobe of shorts and sandals. In the summer, a lot of us enjoy a crisp, chilled, refreshing and sometimes even sweet drink. To that end- we have a few suggestions of lesser known whites for you to try:

Falanghina- Tuscany’s version of Pinot Grigio- not as acidic- still refreshing, crisp citrus flavors.
Chenin Blanc- straight down the middle of the road white wine- not too sweet/not too dry!
Vinho Verde- fresh green grape- crisp- great on its own or for making your own Sangria!

Not too adventurous, Sauvignon Blanc (aka White Bordeaux) is our “go to” summer wine for its crisp citrus & grassy flavors! Whatever your taste, we have something fun to try!

New Beer
Indigo Imp Brewery- Jester, Blonde  Bombshell, Summer Pale Ale, Firebrand IPA
Anderson Valley- Bourbon Barrel Stout
Heavy Seas- Holy Sheet
Dark Horse- Raspberry Ale

New Wine
Le Grand Courtage- Blanc de Blanc- France- $17.99
Le Grand Courtage- Brut Rose- France- $17.99
Oxford Landing- Cabernet Sauvignon- Australia- 2011-$7.99
Oxford Landing- Shiraz- Australia- 2011- $7.99
Piazzano- Ventoso- Red Blend- Italy- 2011- $9.99

Feature Item
We have recently re-stocked our Rothschild display of dips, sauces and spreads. A new addition is the Fire Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Spread. This delectable spread is made of fire roasted eggplant, red peppers, sweet onions, feta cheese and capers blended with tart vinegar. It can be spread on toasted baguettes for a quick appetizer or served with crudités for a quick potluck or picnic take-along. It would also be great as a condiment on pitas, deli meat or veggie sandwiches or leftover meatloaf! At $7.50 a jar, you can try it on everything!

Tasting Info
This week’s wine tasting will showcase all Benziger Family Wines from California. The Benziger Family Winery believes in 3 things- family, great wine and healthy vineyards. Come try their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

This week’s beer tasting will feature beers new to our shelves this summer season. We will taste a new chili beer from Chicago, a fresh hop beer from Sierra Nevada, a blonde brew from Cleveland and an “unidentified flying object” from Harpoon. Come be the first to try these new brews!

As always, for the complete list please click here.

Final thoughts
Summer whites aren’t your thing; we also have fantastic Sangria, Coyote Gold Margaritas, and cold beers! As we said, no matter your taste- we have something sure to quench. After all, there’s nothing better than enjoying a nice cold drink on our patio with friends!


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