Main Street Party Ann Arbor Wine Sellers

New Arrivals: Guelbenzu EVO, Vierlas, and Guelbenzu Red

Wine terminology is a funny thing. We all probably know someone who seems more obsessed with their knowledge of wine than actually enjoying  it (we touched on this with humor way back in 2002). And although there was a time when there were really only two types of wine lovers – effete snobs with arcane vocabulary, and everyone else – we’ve come a long way. These days some of the most knowledgeable wine lovers you’ll meet will eschew pretentious jargon in favor of comfortably and accurately describing their experience. This is nowhere more evident than here at Main Party, when Joey (the owner) is sampling a new wine. As he was recently when Suzie Northway of Michigan’s Imperial Beverage brought along Birte Steinfatt, a representative from Guelbenzu, the Spanish winemaker. As they began presenting the wines, Joey hurled around terms like “jammy” and “barnyard” and “juice”. And perhaps a few expletives expressing his enthusiastic response, which I won’t repeat here. Although Birte – who happens to be German – probably speaks better English than anyone else in the room, I think I detected a subtle look of befuddlement on her face at the term “barnyard”. No matter; in the end everyone found a common language – these wines speak for themselves. And we’re going to let Guelbenzu speak for their wines, below. With one added note. Joey was thankful that they brought along a bottle of the 2000 EVO, pointing out that it showed quite a bit better than the 2006 we’ll have in the store. Which of course suggests that if the 2006 is as exceptional as it is now, you can probably cellar it for an even more delightful treat in a couple of years. Notes below. (more…)

Posted By:Admin October 29, 2010

New Arrival: Chateau d’Yquem 2006

Château d'YquemI must confess to being less-than-fully qualified to speak with any authority about this recent arrival in the store. Few wines routinely are described as “sublime” or “the best (not one of the best, but the best)” of their kind. But so it is with Chateau d’Yquem. If you are fortunate enough to have tried this legendary Sauternes, or if this is on your “I swear on my soul I am going to taste this someday” list, you probably know more about the wine than I do, and I have little of interest to tell you, except that we have several bottles on hand if you’d like to stop by and ponder or purchase them. But if you’re not familiar with this remarkable wine, here is a little background. First of all, it is definitely of note that Chateau d’Yquem is the ONLY Sauternes that is classified as a Premier Cru Supérieur. Just one of many acknowledgments of its exceptional and unique qualities. The estate has been home to a vineyard since 1711 when it came under the full ownership of Léon de Sauvage d’Yquem, but what is it that otherwise makes this chateau so special? Primarily, it is the area’s delightful susceptibility to Noble Rot , which requires unique alternating wet and dry periods prior to harvest. This results in raisin-like berries that are then literally picked individually, resulting in a much smaller yield – about one glass of wine per vine. It is said there simply are no “bad” years of Chateau d’Yquem, only less divine ones. The wine is renowned for its incredible balance, concentration and complexity, and perhaps more importantly, its longevity. The good years may not show their best qualities for over a decade, revealing ever more subtle overtones over time. If properly cellared, they will keep well for over a century. As an example of this longevity, Michael Broadbent was lucky enough to sample – in tastings decades apart – d’Yquem vintages that were themselves nearly a century apart, and still give accolades like (referring to the 1921) “A colossus. Perhaps the most staggeringly rich Yquem of all time, certainly since the towering 1847“. Not many wines can lay claim both to being around for over a century and be the best of their kind, year after year, decade after decade. Clearly, a bottle of Château d’Yquem is a great investment, if not a joy to look forward to. If you’re interested in a purchase, contact us for pricing. Our single bottle price will be competitive with any other US retailers, and if you’re interested in three or more bottles, we can talk.

Posted By:Admin October 23, 2010

Ten Spooktacular Ideas For Halloween Libations

With the onset of crisp autumn evenings, what could better complement things like hayrides, bonfires, or a vigorous evening of raking leaves than enjoying a spicy pumpkin brew, a classic Märzen, some warm spice wine, or even some crystal clear spirits with your friends? Here are ten ideas to help you get your Autumn on.

Crystal Head Vodka Crystal Head Vodka

This one’s a (ahem) no-brainer for Halloween. Not only is this an exceptional vodka, it comes in an exceptional package that makes it an awesome gift idea any time of year. And how many vodkas can double as a decorative centerpiece at your Halloween party? Crystal Head is made with water from a deep aquifer in Newfoundland, Canada and a proprietary blend of specifically selected grains to give it a creamy and slightly sweet taste on the finish. No added Glycerin, Citrus oil, or Sugar.
Ghost Vodka Ghost Vodka

To answer that question above, I guess at least two exceptional vodkas can double as a centerpiece for your Halloween celebration. Ghost Vodka – from our own Motor City – is resurrecting the spirit of handcraft vodka in America. Distilled from Michigan red wheat, corn, and barley, Only the most tantalizing ‘middle cut’ of each batch goes into every bottle. With its unparalleled taste, and exceptional finish, ghost vodka will make you a believer.

Leelanau Cellars Witches Brew Leelanau Cellars Witches Brew

It’s a secret wine blend enhanced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other natural spices that makes this a crowd pleaser and favorite of Leelanau Cellars’ fans. Perfect for entertaining, this wine will explode with intense flavor when served warm but can also be served chilled as an ingredient in sangria. Witches Brew is perfect for campfires, tailgating, or any gathering (large or small) on a chilly evening.

New Holland Ichabod Ale New Holland Ichabod Ale

Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert!
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor. In 2008, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale took home a silver award at the European Beer Star competition in Nuremberg, Germany. In 2007, this beer took first place in the Specialty Beer category at the California Brewers Festival.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. This is the perfect beer to warm-up with, as the season cools. Released right around September first each year. As the maker points out, “When you find it, grab some extra because it’s usually gone by Thanksgiving!”

The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

The Kaiser once said, “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we’d all be “sprechenden Deutsch!” We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest – gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Märzen Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Märzen

The origins of Dogtoberfest are shrouded in mystery, but scholars think it has everything to do with an insane German king and a crazed Oompah band. You can read the full historical record of Dogtoberfest below. Dogtoberfest is deep mahogany in color with an intriguing caramel finish and brewed with 100% imported German ingredients for a true German flavor.

Stoudts Oktoberfest Stoudts Oktoberfest

This medium bodied amber lager elegantly combines a touch of malty sweetness with a pleasingly subtle aromatic hop character. Stoudt’s Oktoberfest is brewed from the finest imported ingredients in the style of the original German Oktoberfest celebrations beers. 24IBU Pair with sausage, pork, pizza, pasta & pretzels.

“But wait”, you say, “that’s only NINE ideas. Well here’s one more for you. If you stop by Main Party to procure any of these delicious seasonal goodies, remember to enjoy them responsibly with your friends.

Posted By:Admin October 15, 2010

New Site Features & Main Party’s Secret Cellar

We’re slowly rolling out a few new site features to help you get to know Main Party a little better. One of them is the blog that you’re reading at this very moment. We’ll be updating at least weekly to let you know about new arrivals, specials, and – perhaps most importantly – to highlight special items from what we jokingly call the “Secret Cellar”. If you’ve ever been in the store, there’s a good chance that you don’t know that on top of the 1500+ wines we have packed into the narrow aisles in the front of the store, there are several hundred more in our cellar in the back of the store. Collectibles, rarities, and a solid selection of wines for the more demanding wine enthusiast. To help you peruse our growing inventory, we’re introducing a cellar search tool; there’s a search box at the top of each page, as well as an advanced search tool here. We’re also planning tastings, a club, a newsletter, and much more information in our database, so that in the coming months it won’t just be a way to search our inventory, it will also be a useful reference tool. Stay tuned. And if you’re a serious wine lover, next time you’re in the store ask about the “secret cellar”. Because, as Jean de La Fontaine said, “Rien ne pèse tant qu’un secret” (Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret).

Posted By:Admin October 14, 2010

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