Thursday, October 11, 2018

-This Week's Tastings-
Thursday, Oct 11th-Rooftop Reds
Friday, Oct 12th-Old & New World Wines 
Saturday, Oct 13th-The Botanist Gin

This Thursday We Welcome 
Clara From Rooftop Reds
Pouring Local Wines
6-8 PM
We love supporting local wine and it doesn't get more local then the Brooklyn Navy Yards. In the spring of 2015, Rooftop Reds introduced the world's first commercially viable urban rooftop vineyard in New York City. The Brooklyn Navy Yard might not be exactly what comes to mind when envisioning a terroir that is suitable for viticulture but with the help of Finger Lakes industry leaders and Cornell University, they developed an urban planter system that is the first of its kind. Rooftop Reds commissioned 42 state-of-the-art planters to fill their 14,800 square-foot rooftop.

Rooftop Reds Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017
People tend to talk about "Rosé Season" but that's slowly becoming a thing of the past as consumers are starting to drink Rosé year round. Sure, Rosé can be the perfect light and crisp summer sipper but there are some fuller-bodied Rosés that are perfect for the cooler weather and this Rosé from Rooftop Red is perfect for year-round drinking. Their dry Rosé, made from 100% Cabernet Franc, has full flavored cherry notes, black pepper and a hint of jalapeno. 

Rooftop Reds Gewurztraminer 2017 
Alsace, France is the largest producer of of Gewurztraminer but the varietal can also be found in Italy, California and Washington. One region you might not think of is New York but the grape has shown to be very adaptable to the Finger Lakes region, where the grapes for this wine are sourced. Beautifully aromatic with a palate of tropical fruit and light floral notes, simply put, this bottle is a pleasure to drink. 

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A 10% discount applies to these wines when purchased during the tasting.

This Friday We Welcome 
Nick From Communal
Pouring Wines From France, Italy & Washington

Domaine Moutard-Diligent, Coteaux Bourguignons Herisson Gamay 2017 
Gamay, the grape used to make fresh and fruity Beaujolais, is the perfect match for the fall season. This boxed wine comes from the Coteaux Bourguignons, an AOC region that covers all of Burgundy and is made from 80% Gamey and 20% Pinot Noir. It's soft with juicy red fruit, a hint of spice and just enough tannin to add structure. 

 Grapesmith & Crusher Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 
Washington is the number two wine producing state in the US, behind only California. But despite that fact, the wines from the region don't get the same attention as the Golden State. This is especially true with Cabernet Sauvignon which is Washington's most widely panted grape. Cabs from the state tend to be more approachable, highlighting fruit and displaying softer tannin. Grapesmith & Crusher Cabernet, also known as the "typewriter wine", is a full-bodied cab with dark fruit, cassis, pepper and offers a great value! 

Fratelli Levis Moscato D'Asti 2017 
Moscato sometimes gets a bad rap as being just a "sweet wine". While these wines do have a sweet quality, the Fratelli Levis Moscato proves they can be much more pleasurable than that simple label might suggest. The first thing that jumps out is the pretty fruit aromatics. The palate has stone fruit along with a noticeable, but not overbearing, sweetness. Moscato is refreshing on its own but is also a great match with spicy food. Try it with Thai or Szechuan cuisine.

A 10% discount applies to these wines when purchased during the tasting.

This Saturday We Welcome 
The Botanist Gin 

Botanist Islay Gin 750 
 The Botanist Gin has 22 hand-foraged local botanicals which delicately augment the nine berries, barks, seeds and peels. A slow distillation process results in a big nose of citrus with a warm, mellow, fresh palate and a long, spicy finish. Islay is no longer just about Whisky! 

A 5% discount applies to these spirits when purchased during the tasting.

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Ketel One Botanicals 

The middle of the summer, the days are long it is hot and humid and the desire for a nice thirst quenching cocktail is strong. We are in luck, because this year Ketel One debuted their Botanicals, three low proof spirits, with lower calories, no carbs and a lower proof than other distilled rivals. There are three botanical expressions: Grapefruit and Rose, Peach and Orange Blossom, and Cucumber and Mint. These are new products not flavored vodkas. The Botanicals are made by distilling Ketel One Vodka with fruit and herbal essential oils. In comparison flavored vodkas add ingredients to the grain alcohol but do not distill the flavors into the alcohol.
The fresh taste of each botanical can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. The Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom can be mixed with raspberries, mint, and lemon juice in a shaker - strain into a glass over fresh ice and top with soda or seltzer then garnish with a few fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint. Take the Botanical Grapefruit and Rose top with club soda over fresh ice and garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit. The Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint is for those who appreciate crisp cucumbers and light tones of fresh garden mint. For the freshest, cleanest, and most crisp taste possible add the Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint with club soda and garnish with a fresh cucumber slice. Any one of the Ketel One Botanicals combined with your favorite mixer will be a welcomed refreshing drink on any warm, humid, summer night. All three of the Ketel One Botanicals are available at Windsor Wine Merchants. The price for each of the Botanicals is $29.99.

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