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The Best Retail Wine Selection In Ann Arbor?

Best of Ann Arbor
Please vote by November 5, 2011

We hope you vote for us in AnnArbor.com’s weekly contest, which this week is for Best Retail Wine Selection in Ann Arbor. Mostly because facts are facts, and to the best of our knowledge, the only wine retailer in Ann Arbor that ever had a wine selection comparable to ours was the legendary – but sadly no longer with us – Village corner. We take a great deal of pride in managing to present around 3,000 wines in our meager 2500 square feet, while still managing to provide the biggest selection of craft and import beers in the area, as well as over a thousand fine spirits. And everything else you expect in a party store. We’re also realists; we know that a couple of other local retailers have more full-time wine specialists on hand, but go easy on us. We’d love to do the same, but where would we put them? So please, help AnnArbor.com keep the facts straight, and vote for us in this week’s contest. You’ll feel better knowing that truth was served.

Posted By:Admin October 31, 2011

Fine Spirits To Haunt Your Halloween

We don't carry this product but for some reason, about once a month someone comes in and asked for it.

The problem with Vodka marketing is that the truth of the matter is, when the objective of a fine spirit is to achieve the ultimate clarity in palate, and the Vodka itself is crystal clear by nature, it becomes virtually impossible for most people to be able to distinguish one top-shelf Vodka from another. One of the only ways to make a Vodka stand apart at that point is to put flavor back INTO the Vodka, which probably explains the craze of the last decade to flavor Vodka with just about everything imaginable. Give it time, and we’ll probably see “Cool Ranch” and “Zesty Nacho” Vodka hit the market. About the only other way to differentiate a Vodka in this competitive field is the packaging and the story. Somehow, Vodka lends itself very well to spookiness, which makes the Vodkas below perfect for a Halloween celebration. They’re all three of exceptional quality, and they all make for both great conversation starters, AND a decorative element of your party. David, the manager, points out that if you bought a bunch of the little 50ML Crystal head bottles, they would make an AWESOME string of lights that you could use for years to come. And we don’t want to exlude those who aren’t fond of Vodka; the Monster Bokrijks Belgian is a great ale in a collectible, monster-themed earthenware bottle. We also may have some of this year’s pumpkin beer left, or some of the spicy autumn beverages we suggested last Halloween. (more…)

Posted By:Admin October 24, 2011

Some People Carve Pumpkins. Smart people drink ‘em.

We have NO IDEA why this pumpkin is smiling. His entire family was just made into BEER.

Whoever first thought of making beer out of pumpkins was a freakin’ genius. So we guess the more recent genius award goes to the makers of Buffalo Bill’s Original Pumpkin Ale, who revived the concept way back in the eighties, basing their methods on those of another genius who was hard at work in the eighties. The SEVENTEEN eighties. Yes, while he was busy making a country called America and growing hemp for fun and profit, it seems old George was busy making pumpkin beer too. But even George Washington wasn’t the first. While pumpkin beer may still be relatively unknown to Europeans, Americans have been making ale with pumpkins since the days of the settlers, according to this extensive history of pumpkin beer at Serious Eats. But who cares about the past, that’s where all of last year’s pumpkin ale lives, and pumpkin ale is all about fresh spices, rich fall color, and autumn crispness. Below are a few of our pumpkin offerings for 2011. stop by the store while they’re fresh! Or AVAILABLE for that matter. As always, supplies on seasonals are limited.

Woodchuck
Woodchuck Private
Reserve Pumpkin
From the producer: Every once in a while you know you stumble upon something glorious. That something just so happens to be our Private Reserve Pumpkin. We have combined our signature taste with a refreshing pumpkin finish. Limited to just two and half hours on the production line this is a true connoisseur’s cider. since Woodchuck has always, and only, been made from apples (not wheat, barley or rye) none of our cider varieties have ever contained gluten. Further, we have all our ciders tested by an independent lab and we maintain a completely gluten free facility. See this YouTube clip by Woodchuck for more $12.99/6-Pack
Screamin Pumpkin
Michigan Brewing Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale
This is not just plain old pumpkin, this is a dynamic brew with some depth. Lightly toasted grains up front, moving into rich caramel and molasses that provide for a base laced with clove, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sort of like a pumpkin pie with a ginger snap molasses cookie crust. Probably lighter-bodied than you might expect for a brew with this much going on. $9.99/6-Pack
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bill’s Original
Pumpkin Ale
This ale is pumpkin all the way, and not nearly as spicy as many other pumpkin beers, so if you’re looking for that dazzling array of autumn spices and complexity, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a smooth, simpler, slightly sweet brew with fewer dynamics, it’s a great alternative. From the producer: An amber style ale, originally brewed by George Washington, brewed with fresh roasted pumpkins, malted barley. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are added. ##/##
Pumking Imperial Pumpkin
Southern Tier Pumking
Imperial Pumpkin Ale
The producer’s description is better than any review WE could offer: Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly. $5.99/650ML
Posted By:Admin October 16, 2011

Not Just Any Port In A Storm

Depending on when you grew up, Christopher Columbus was either the brave Portuguese explorer who discovered America by sailing the ocean blue in 1492, or an Italian hustler who conned the Portuguese royalty into paying for a trip to India, never found the place, and eventually became the enemy of indigenous peoples everywhere. But whatever your feelings about Columbus, one reason to celebrate the holiday in his honor is that if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have this country called America, where you can buy this wonderful kind of wine made in Portugal called port. It’s surprising how many otherwise sophisticated diners put so much effort into cocktails before dinner, matching a wine or two with two or more food courses, and then skip the “port course” entirely. Especially in light of what a value even a moderate-quality port really is. For even thirty to forty dollars, you can pick up a nice bottle of tawny or ruby port that might easily service you for a couple of weeks of fine dining, depending on your drinking and dining habits. Although many port lovers wouldn’t DREAM of having a nice dinner without some port afterward, most of us dine a little more casually, and think of port as a treat, which it is! And in the case of many tawnies and rubies, an opened bottle will last much longer than an unfortified wine. And those who say “Oh, I couldn’t POSSIBLY drink any more tonight”? Well, in the same way that many people fail to understand the gastronomic logic behind dessert and coffee – i.e., the fact that they make you feel LESS stuffed and lethargic by boosting your blood sugar and giving you a small caffeine kick -  they also misunderstand port, and its comforting effect. It has been referred to as “wine of philosophy” because of this calming quality, and the contemplative nature of properly enjoying it. If you want to learn more about port you can of course read about it on Wikipedia, or this IntoWine.com article explains some of the amusing traditions that go with enjoying port, like the “do you know the bishop of Norwich” trick. But as with any fine wine, the best way to learn about port is DRINK some. And we have plenty on hand; around a hundred varieties. A couple of highlights are below. (more…)

Posted By:Admin October 6, 2011

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