Thursday, August 16, 2018

-This Week's Tastings- 
Thursday, Aug 16th-Wines From France!
Saturday, Aug 18th-Whiskey!

This Thursday We Welcome 
Colin From Kinson
Pouring Wines From France
Raimbault Et Fils Sancerre 

The Appellation of Sancerre in the Loire Valley is home to some of the most sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc on the planet. This entry level bottle shows you the silky, smokey, minerality that the region is known for.

Michel Fonne Gewurztraminer 2015

This Gewurztraminer comes from the Alsace region of Northeastern France. Alsace holds the largest area of Gewurztraminer plantings in the world and has several Grand Cru designated sites for the grape. Michel Fonne studied Oenology in Dijon and trained as a winemaker in Alexander Valley, California. His Gewurtz shows classic tropical fruit notes, typical Alsatian richness, and persistent spice.

Cornut Costières de Nîmes 2016

The Rhone valley is huge and you may believe you've got it all mapped out. There's the north where Syrah reigns supreme and the larger southern region which contains the well-known Cotes Du Rhone and Chateauneuf Du Pape designations. But if you head further south you'll find an area that was originally part of the less famous Languedoc region and is now a Rhone hot spot that deserves your attention. Made with equal parts Grenache and Syrah,this charming cuvee is perfect for Cotes Du Rhone fans. It offers ripe plum, and dark cherry flavors with aromas of violet and blueberry and just a bit of smoked pepper on the finish. Perfect for burgers or even taco night. 

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

This Saturday We Welcome 
Justin From The Little Wine Co
Pouring  American & Scotch Whiskey

Bull Run American Single Malt Whiskey  

From the State of Oregon we're tasting Bull Run, an American Single Malt Whiskey. The vision behind the distillation of Bull Run is that it be a whiskey that reflects the place where it's made, the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California. The goal of the creators of Bull Run was nothing less than a new style of American Whiskey and they succeeded. Made from 100% malted barley from the Klamath Basin and aged in new American oak barrels, influenced through the years by Western Oregon's four distinct seasons. Complex and robust enough to enjoy neat or over a large cube of ice, we get flavors of ripe fruit with hints of grass and sage. The finish on the palate is soft and balanced, with a richness of the malt.

Ben Nevis 10 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Ben Nevis Distillery, established in 1825, is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland and the only surviving distillery in that area. The distillery is nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis has a summit elevation of 4,406 feet above sea level. This imposing mountain provides an impressive background to a traditional Scottish craft. The 10-year old that we are tasting is full-bodied with a whiff of peat, lots of tropical fruit, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate and is a firm representative of the Western Highland style. A great whisky, a little rugged, nicely balanced and I like the fact that it is thick, oily and robust. A great whisky that I recommend one try and possibly discover a new addition for your liquor cabinet.

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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