We just got in our favorites from the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection. What could we possibly say about them that the producer hasn’t already said? From the Producer: The wines of the Diamond Collection are made from grapes grown in vineyards across California, from coastal regions to inland valleys. By carefully combining fruit selections with precise winemaking techniques, we are able to capture pure expressions of each varietal. The Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines are so beautifully diverse, there is one to fit any setting and every wine-drinking occasion. (more…)
Posted By:Admin April 26, 2014
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Last week I was asking David, the store manager, if there were any new things in the store of interest. He said “Follow me…” as he led me back to the beer cooler, continuing with “…some customers are really enjoying this new beer we got in from Lithuania”. He pulled down a four-pack from the shelf. I looked at the name, calling out the letters. “S-V-Y-T-U-R-Y-S. How do you pronounce that?” I asked. David continued. “The more demanding beer folks are just saying it’s pretty solid, but nothing to write home about, but people who are into classic European lagers are really loving it.” I asked again: “That’s great, but how do you pronounce it?” He pulled down another four pack, and said “we also have the Baltas”. I looked at him and asked him again: “Am I speaking Lithuanian or something? I asked you a question.” He pulled down one more four pack, adding “and the Baltijos. They’re all 500ml bottles.” Then he suddenly said, “Ope! Looks like they’re getting busy up front! Gotta go!” I still have no idea exactly how you pronounce “Švyturio”, but thanks to the internet, I now know that the first character is technically referred to as “Latin Capital Letter S With Caron”, and that it represents a “voiceless postalveolar fricative”, for all the good that does me. The best guess I have on the pronunciation of the name is “schve-tu-RIES”. Perhaps you know better. If you do, by all means come in and ask for it. It’s currently priced at $10.49 for a 4-Pack of 500ml bottles, $3.29 for singles. Product details below…
Posted By:Admin April 21, 2014
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If you were a fly on the wall in our “secret cellar” last week (and you weren’t, because we don’t allow flies in there), you might have overheard a conversation that went something like this: JOE (sounding a little intimidating): Alright, who the heck ordered this La Tarasque Rhone? DAVID (a little cautiously): Um, I don’t know. JOE: Too bad, I wanted to give them a raise. This stuff is GREAT! When you have around three thousand wines on hand, things can become a bit of a blur. But *whoever it was that ordered the la Tarasque (we still haven’t figured out who it was) deserves a promotion. For one thing, it has a really cool dragon on the label. But more importantly, this little wine is not only a well-executed, old-vine Grenache-dominated Rhone created by Aaron Pott (the only American to lead a Grand Cru Chateau in France), it’s an absolute STEAL at $8.99. And it’ll probably stay at that price, unless we figure out who ordered it, and have to figure out a way to cover their raise.
||From the Producer: Strawberries, cherry, red currants, plum, fig, violets, caramel, coffee, tar, cocoa and wet stone in an incredibly vibrant nose. Cherry, wild strawberry, caramel and peach in a bold attack with medium density. Soft and super supple finish with density, stone fruits linger with persistence. This wine is tasting great! It is refreshing, supple and juicy. ~ Aaron Pott
Posted By:Admin April 8, 2014
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Blue Mountain Cider Company is a family owned and operated cidery in Walla Walla that is dedicated to sustainable growing practices. As of this writing, you won’t find many reviews of their ciders on line, probably because they only recently expanded their distribution outside the Northwest US. Blue mountain took their time refining their craft, starting out as four friends making cider literally in a garage, using a small mountain source of fresh apples. As they got better at what they were doing, they sought more expertise by consulting with veteran cider makers in England, and by 2005/2006, they were beginning to win competitions. Blue Mountain Ciders lean toward clarity and crispness, and they highlight this character by using clear glass bottles for some of their ciders, instead of the more traditional brown or green. Looking for something more refreshing than wine and less filling than beer? Blue Mountain Cider may be your ticket. (more…)
Posted By:Admin April 2, 2014
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For months, it lives in the caves beneath Grand Rapids, Michigan, maturing into a monster that spreads both joy and misery each year when it finally makes its appearance in full daylight and rampages across the nation. It is, of course, the incredible Founder’s KBS. The joy it spreads is amongst those who manage to get their hands on a bottle of this limited release brew, which – as Founder’s themselves points out – is by its very nature produced in limited quantities, because of its bourbon barrel aging process. The only misery it spreads is amongst those who don’t manage to score a bottle on release day. While it’s a fantastic beer, one that has repeatedly made it on “Best in the World” lists, its limited release has some unfortunate side effects. It’s rumored that friendships have been torn asunder when one friend secured a bottle, and wouldn’t share with a pal who didn’t. And that exploitative retailers price gouge, charging upwards of twenty bucks a bottle. For us as a retailer, the main frustration is that we are forced to tell our favorite customers – no matter how much we like them – that they are limited to purchasing one bottle.
Well this year, we’ve changed all that.
While supplies last, we are placing NO LIMIT on the quantity you buy, and we’re offering some uniquely foolish pricing. The first bottle you buy is a very reasonable $7.99. For every additional bottle you buy, the price doubles.*
Below, calculate how much your multiple bottle purchase will cost by entering the quantity in cell A2 and hitting “enter” on your keyboard:
Interesting of Founders to choose today, April 1st 2014, as their release day.
For the uninformed, here’s some basic info about this amazing brew.
||What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight. ABV: 11.2% IBUs: 70. A 100 Score from Beer Advocate, and “Best Beer in the World Awards” from RateBeer and Men’s Fitness.
*Before planning a purchase, please consider the fact that this rather foolish pricing is being offered only on April 1, 2014 😉
Posted By:Admin April 1, 2014
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